Failure Analysis and Prevention
Organization of a Failure Investigation
This article reviews the most common reasons for failures and the purpose of a failure investigation. It discusses the nine steps for the organization of a good failure investigation. The three basic tools that are helpful in any failure investigation, namely, a fault tree, a failure mode assessment chart, and a technical plan for resolution chart, are reviewed. The article briefly describes failure investigation pitfalls and concludes with information on the other common tools used for failure investigation and root cause determination.
Daniel P. Dennies, Ph.D., Organization of a Failure Investigation, Failure Analysis and Prevention, Vol 11, Edited By William T. Becker, Roch J. Shipley, ASM International, 2002, p 324–332, https://doi.org/10.31399/asm.hb.v11.a0003519
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