Practical Failure Analysis

, Volume 3, Issue 6, pp 6–9 | Cite as

Fractured fare

  • Marc Pepi
  • Debbie Aliya


id you ever notice how half-eaten food often takes on an appearance similar to that of certain engineering alloys? Maybe not, unless you happen to be a failure analyst whose eyes have been trained to look for certain fractographic and metallographic characteristics as a result of extensive time on the job. Nonetheless, these features are encountered daily, in foods ranging from fruit to candy. The next time you are dining, take a moment for a closer look at your food, and see if you can detect a feature comparable to that of a broken metal, plastic, or glass component.


Chevron Practical Failure Analysis Volume Engineering Alloy Ridge Pattern Heat Extraction Rate 
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© ASM International - The Materials Information Society 2003

Authors and Affiliations

  • Marc Pepi
    • 1
  • Debbie Aliya
    • 2
  1. 1.Naval Air Warfare Center-Weapons DivisionChina Lake
  2. 2.Aliya AnalyticalGrand Rapids

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