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This article provides an overview of the structural design process and discusses the life-limiting factors, including material defects, fabrication practices, and stress. It details the role of a failure investigator in performing nondestructive inspection. The article provides information on fatigue life assessment, elevated-temperature life assessment, and fitness-for-service life assessment.

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Daniel J. Benac, 2002. "Failure Analysis and Life Assessment of Structural Components and Equipment", Failure Analysis and Prevention, William T. Becker, Roch J. Shipley

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