The Twenty Year Effect - Avoiding Back To The Future Scenarios In Failure Analysis

Christian, Kerrie Anne (2004). The Twenty Year Effect - Avoiding Back To The Future Scenarios In Failure Analysis. In: Atrens, A., Boland, J. N., Clegg, R. and Griffiths, J. R., Structural Integrity and Fracture International Conference (SIF'04), Brisbane, Australia, (41-46). 26-29 September 2004.

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Author Christian, Kerrie Anne
Title of paper The Twenty Year Effect - Avoiding Back To The Future Scenarios In Failure Analysis
Conference name Structural Integrity and Fracture International Conference (SIF'04)
Conference location Brisbane, Australia
Conference dates 26-29 September 2004
Publication Year 2004
Sub-type Fully published paper
Editor Atrens, A.
Boland, J. N.
Clegg, R.
Griffiths, J. R.
Start page 41
End page 46
Abstract/Summary The Materials Investigation Group at Bluescope Steel's Port Kembla Steelworks has carried out diagnosis of failure mechanisms for 40 years, with problems emerging with new equipment, and regrettably, from time to time, the same lessons having to be relearned. Throughout this period there has been an ongoing focus on archiving the findings of all metallurgical failure investigations. Hard copy archives have been maintained since at least 1964, database indexing since 1995 and electronic document storage commencing in the new millennium. Such E-Technology communication innovations provide the opportunity to enhance and significantly transform knowledge sharing interactions. However, there is also an accompanying risk of consigning the failure analysis lessons of the past to the paper-recycling bin. Of late it is notable that corporate governance concerns are leading boards to require greater identification of business risks, including major equipment failures. This paper seeks to address some of the methods that have been employed in an effort to engage engineers in the benefits of failure analysis of equipment problems, as well as retention of the corporate memory of equipment failure issues; and succession planning in the failure analysis field.
Subjects 291300 Metallurgy
Keyword metallurgical failure
record keeping
knowledge sharing
failure analysis
Q-Index Code E1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status Unknown

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