Mechanisms of Damage and Failure

  • Jose Luis OteguiEmail author


Components subjected to mechanical loads are designed for a certain period of safe operation, during which failure risk is acceptable. This establishes a design service lifetime for the component. Engineering practices and manufacturing codes consider, during the design stage, which in service damage mechanisms will be acting upon certain components, which will in turn accumulate damage. Virtually all materials react to their environment, most often, these interactions are undesirable and result in economic loss. For example, corrosion represents an annual economic loss of 5 % of gross domestic product in most advanced industrial societies. In America, that means more than 150 billion dollars each year.


Weld Metal Hydrogen Sulfide Stress Corrosion Crack Corrosion Fatigue Cathodic Protection 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of Mar del PlataMar del PlataArgentina

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