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09022 How Not to Perform a Failure Analysis

This paper discusses a classic example where the facts surrounding the failure of a lining system were ignored and undue reliance was placed on laboratory analysis. This “blind faith” in analytical data without a sound causal theory caused the failure analysts to disregard or overlook the obvious.

Product Number: 51300-09022-SG
ISBN: 09022 2009 CP
Author: Mark S. Schilling and Randy Nixon
Publication Date: 2009
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Too often, coating failure analysts ignore the evidence in front of them and obsess with hi-tech analytical analysis simply because it is available to them, or perhaps because that is was they themselves are in the business of doing. This tendency to rely on hi-tech test data to find a conclusion that supports a biased point of view is the wrong way to approach failure analyses, but it can impress and even dazzle. Frequently, this overuse of analytical methods complicates logical and accurate failure analysis work. This paper discusses a classic example where the facts surrounding the failure of a lining system were ignored and undue reliance was placed on laboratory analysis. This “blind faith” in analytical data without a sound causal theory caused the failure analysts to disregard or overlook the obvious.
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Keywords: isocyanate, polyol, polyurethane, carbon dioxide, hydrolysis

Too often, coating failure analysts ignore the evidence in front of them and obsess with hi-tech analytical analysis simply because it is available to them, or perhaps because that is was they themselves are in the business of doing. This tendency to rely on hi-tech test data to find a conclusion that supports a biased point of view is the wrong way to approach failure analyses, but it can impress and even dazzle. Frequently, this overuse of analytical methods complicates logical and accurate failure analysis work. This paper discusses a classic example where the facts surrounding the failure of a lining system were ignored and undue reliance was placed on laboratory analysis. This “blind faith” in analytical data without a sound causal theory caused the failure analysts to disregard or overlook the obvious.
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Keywords: isocyanate, polyol, polyurethane, carbon dioxide, hydrolysis

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