6.2.1 Introduction to Safety Design Philosophies

Course subject(s) Module 6. Certification, Fatigue, and Durability

Safety what are my options?

Structures are not indestructible. Time, regular use, and even the occasional mishap will wear a structure down, bringing it closer and closer to the point of failure. This is not the most comforting thought to have when flying on a plane, but it is a dilemma that aircraft structural engineers are faced with every day.

So how can we go about designing a structure if we know that it will inevitably fail? The simple answer is very carefully, but that is not the most informative answer. Let’s take a closer look at the various ways engineers approach this problem!

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