Re: Questions about the DH Comet

Date:         11 Sep 97 03:35:30 
From:         wb8foz@netcom.com (David Lesher)
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J&J@nospam.demon.co.uk (Janet and John) writes:

>>Any strength of materials textbook.....

>You should say "any strength of materials textbook written since the
>Comet crash investigations". Fatigue behaviour was not well known at the
>time, and the Comet crashes aided the development of the science
>immeasurably,

By some measures, the entire field of fatigue behaviour started
only a few years before, when the Allies tried to figure out why
brand new Liberty Ships in the North Atlantic were suddenly
cracking in half and sinking.

The history of any technological development is strewn with the
victims of its failures along the way. This is no exception.

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