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Introduction to Human Factor

The effects of corrosion failures on the performance maintenance of materials would often be minimized if life monitoring and control of the environmental and human factors supplemented efficient designs. When an engineering system functions according to specification, a three-way interaction is established with complex and variable inputs from people (p), materials (m) and environments (e).This concept is presented as a fault tree where the consequence or 'top event', a corrosion failure, can be represented by combining these three contributing elements.

The bottom line for manufacturers of metal products and for government or other purchasers of vendor products is to have competent corrosion scientists participate in the design phase to assure the products can survive their use environment. Many imagined astute design circumstances have caused the destruction of otherwise marvelous products.

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