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Case 72: Interaction between disciplines when troubleshooting

05.01.2013  |  Sofronas, T.,  Consulting Engineer, Houston, Texas

Keywords: [Troubleshooting] [documentation]

When troubleshooting, we can become fixated on the discipline that we are most familiar—in the author’s case, mechanical engineering. Investigating the failure of a machine may have a group of mechanical engineering specialists involved in the troubleshooting effort. When one’s specialty is vibration analysis, the first thought for the failure could be a torsional or linear vibration problem. A stress analyst will focus on developing an analytical model to describe this failure. Conversely, the materials engineer will be investigating corrosion issues as the root cause. Likewise, the process and control engineers will be reviewing computer simulations and searching for possible abnormal operations.

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