Sunday, April 16, 2006


someone once asked me, WHAT IS FORENSIC METALLURGY?

i responded this is the practice of scientific investigation into failure events: why things fail.

the focus of such an investigation is almost always a catastrophic failure - always involving loss of property. sometimes involving loss of life[lives].

as a rule, the reasons for such failures are limited to these few culprits....

1. intrinsically failure-prone[i.e., bad] design.

2. unsatisfactory, unsuitable, defective materials.

3. negligent management of manufacturing: no relevant quality control.

4. negligent application/usage of otherwise well-designed, well-constructed materials.

perhaps you can visualize how this investigational discipline can be extended to the analysis of the management of a country.

more to follow....


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