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Engineering Catastrophes: Causes and Effects of Major Accidents

Engineering Catastrophes: Causes and Effects of Major Accidents (Hardback)

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There is much to be gained from the study of catastrophes. Likewise the records of accidents in industry and transport are of great importance, not only by indicating trends in the incidence of loss or casualties, but also as a measure of human behaviour. The third edition of this well received book places emphasis on the human factor, with the first two chapters providing a method of analysing the records of accident and all-cause mortality rates to show their relationship with levels of economic development and growth rates, and to make suggestions as to the way in which such processes may be linked.

Case histories are given throughout the book. These are designed to show how human frailty, or the unexpected weakness of materials, or a combination of both, can lead to dire and tragic circumstances.

BusinessIndustry & industrial studiesIndustrial relations & safetyOccupational / industrial health & safetyPhilosophy, Psychology & Social SciencesSocial issues & processesSocial impact of disastersFamineTechnicalEngineering & General TechnologyEngineering: generalTechnicalMechanical engineering & materialsMaterials scienceTesting of materials Publisher: Elsevier Science & Technology Publication Date: 22/07/2005 ISBN-13: 9781845690168  Details: Type: Hardback Format: Books
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John Lancaster has had wide experience of welded fabrication, firstly at the APV company which manufactured vessels and piping in stainless steel and non-ferrous materials. Subsequently he joined MW Kellogg Ltd and worked in the field of petroleum and petrochemical plant; most recently being concerned with the construction of the oil-from-coal plant at Secunda, South Africa. He was visiting professor on the welding of material at Aston University from 1971-1976 and was appointed guest professor at Tientsin University, China in 1980.

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