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HP Reliability: Tutors can provide answers

As you read this column, much additional data on the nuclear disaster on the east coast of Japan’s main island will have become available. But, the terms safety and reliability will still be on o..

Bloch, H. P., Hydrocarbon Processing Staff

As you read this column, much additional data on the nuclear disaster on the east coast of Japan’s main island will have become available. But, the terms safety and reliability will still be on our minds, and the results of human suffering will be indelibly etched in the minds of millions. We at HP have no special insights and don’t profess to have the answers to the hundreds of questions that have already been raised. Nevertheless, and for what it’s worth, we wish to highlight a few of the detailed questions we would ask, if we had an involvement in failure analysis and failure avoidance of any kind. No, this has nothing to do with nuclear engineering and design, but it has

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