Introduction: The Basics of Failure

  • T. Tinga
Part of the Springer Series in Reliability Engineering book series (RELIABILITY)


In this chapter, the definition of a failure is provided and the difference between a failure mode and failure mechanism is explained. Then, the concepts of load and load-carrying capacity are introduced and their mutual relation is discussed. Moreover, the difference between internal and external loads is treated and the large variety of different load types and failure mechanisms is illustrated.


Failure Mechanism Failure Mode External Load Load Parameter Internal Load 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Netherlands Defence AcademyDen HelderThe Netherlands

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