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How design quirks and conditions of use conspire to structural failure: a case study
Ost, W.; Van Wittenberghe, J.; De Baets, P. (2010). How design quirks and conditions of use conspire to structural failure: a case study, in: Proceedings of the Day of Research 2010. Sustainable Construction & Design, 1: pp. 144-150
In: (2010). Proceedings of the Day of Research 2010. Sustainable Construction & Design, 1. Ghent University. Laboratory Soete: Ghent. ISBN 9789490726003. , more
In: Sustainable Construction & Design. Laboratory Soete of Ghent University: Ghent. ISSN 2032-7471, more

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  • Ost, W., more
  • Van Wittenberghe, J., more
  • De Baets, P., more

Abstract
    Sometimes designers introduce a number of quirks in their design, either due to a preference for certain technologies or practices or under the influence of the policies in the companies they work for. While most of the time these quirks are harmless, sometimes they can, either in themselves or in combination with the conditions in which the design is used lead to failure. In this paper a case is discussed in which a designer used a quirky solution of lengthening an existing design of a 40ft. freight container to 45ft.. While the design in itself was not fundamentally flawed, it proved to be incompatible to the handling equipment still in use at most seaports.

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