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‘Sticktion’: A dangerous failure mode

09.01.2012  |  Goble, W.,  exida LLC, Sellersville, Pennsylvania

Keywords: [safety] [safety systems] [valves] [valve stroke testing] [false trip]

I set a wet glass on the old wooden kitchen table at our home. It sat there all night. The next morning, when I went to grab the glass, it stuck to the table. Yes, this event has happened before. But, this time, it took a considerable yank to remove the glass from the wooden table. I do not know what type of finish was applied to this table; however, things do tend to “stick” to it.

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