Tay Bridge disaster
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  • 2011-07-20T09:00:00.000Z
  • 2011-07-20T15:17:00.000Z
  • 2013-12-05T18:55:13.000Z
  • 2016-05-06T09:02:01.000Z
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Title Tay Bridge disaster
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  • The sudden collapse of Scotland's Tay Bridge in 1879 killed more than 70 rail passengers and shocked the population. An extensive inquiry was carried out, including numerous witnesses, experts and reports. Were the high winds that night to blame, or were poor design or mechanical failure at fault? This free course re-examines some of the original evidence from the Tay Bridge disaster. <link rel="canonical" href="http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/engineering-and-technology/engineering/tay-bridge-disaster/content-section-0" /> First published on Wed, 20 Jul 2011 as <a href="http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/engineering-and-technology/engineering/tay-bridge-disaster/content-section-0">Tay Bridge disaster</a>. To find out more visit The Open University's <a href="http://www.open.edu/openlearn/ole-home-page">Openlearn</a> website. Creative-Commons 2011
  • <p>This unit starts by giving an overview of the two main categories of disasters: disasters of natural origin and disasters of human origin. It then analyses the Tay Bridge disaster, which was caused by mechanical failure.</p><p>Inevitably, human factors emerge as important in many major disasters. They may involve the failure by engineers, designers or managers to recognise faults in safety-critical products, or managers overriding the design team for other reasons – such as keeping to a deadline or keeping costs within a predetermined budget. We cannot therefore neglect discussing such problems in failure cases.</p><p>One way of examining such events is by dividing them into two categories, those of natural origin, and those occurring to manufactured structures. The division cannot be enforced rigorously, however, because the one can cause or interact with the other. The great forces unleashed by natural effects can make a structure unstable and hence unsafe, or even destroy it entirely. Structures should therefore be designed to withstand such forces.</p><p>It follows immediately that designers need to know what magnitude of force to expect for the lifetime of their particular product. When structures such as ships, aircraft or spacecraft are made specifically to withstand extreme environments, they should be able to resist those forces safely.</p><p><i>Note:</i> most of this unit is based on information that contained British imperial units. Those units have been kept so that you can consider the information as it was considered during the original investigations.</p>
  • <p>This unit starts by giving an overview of the two main categories of disasters: disasters of natural origin and disasters of human origin. It then analyses the Tay Bridge disaster, which was caused by mechanical failure.</p><p>Inevitably, human factors emerge as important in many major disasters. They may involve the failure by engineers, designers or managers to recognise faults in safety-critical products, or managers overriding the design team for other reasons – such as keeping to a deadline or keeping costs within a predetermined budget. We cannot therefore neglect discussing such problems in failure cases.</p><p>One way of examining such events is by dividing them into two categories, those of natural origin, and those occurring to manufactured structures. The division cannot be enforced rigorously, however, because the one can cause or interact with the other. The great forces unleashed by natural effects can make a structure unstable and hence unsafe, or even destroy it entirely. Structures should therefore be designed to withstand such forces.</p><p>It follows immediately that designers need to know what magnitude of force to expect for the lifetime of their particular product. When structures such as ships, aircraft or spacecraft are made specifically to withstand extreme environments, they should be able to resist those forces safely.</p><p>Find out more about studying with The Open University by <span class="oucontent-linkwithtip"><a class="oucontent-hyperlink" href="http://www.open.ac.uk/courses?LKCAMPAIGN=OLSU_KeepLearning&amp;MEDIA=_OU">visiting our online prospectus</a></span>.</p>
  • The sudden collapse of Scotland's Tay Bridge in 1879 killed more than 70 rail passengers and shocked the population. An extensive inquiry was carried out, including numerous witnesses, experts and reports. Were the high winds that night to blame, or were poor design or mechanical failure at fault? This unit re-examines some of the original evidence from the Tay Bridge disaster.<link rel="canonical" href="http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/engineering-and-technology/engineering/tay-bridge-disaster/content-section-0" /> First published on Wed, 20 Jul 2011 as <a href="http://www.open.edu/openlearn/science-maths-technology/engineering-and-technology/engineering/tay-bridge-disaster/content-section-0">Tay Bridge disaster</a>. To find out more visit The Open University's <a href="http://www.open.edu/openlearn/ole-home-page">Openlearn</a> website. Creative-Commons 2011
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