catastrophic failure


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catastrophic failure

[‚kad·ə′sträf·ik ′fāl·yər]
(engineering)
A sudden failure without warning, as opposed to degradation failure.
A failure whose occurrence can prevent the satisfactory performance of an entire assembly or system.
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On the other hand, such method of testing is not recommended because biting down on a lithium ion battery may cause catastrophic failure in the battery's inner workings.
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service said the cause was "accidental" adding the blast "is attributed to a catastrophic failure of an internal gas pipe joint".
In a letter to Mr Hughes Coun Mordey said: "I'm very concerned by what can only be classed as a catastrophic failure of the Metro system and I'm seeking urgent assurances from Nexus as to what caused such devastating disruption and what measures they are putting in place to prevent a repeat.
electric grid after a catastrophic failure caused by a cyber attack.
A NORWEGIAN helicopter which killed 13 people when it crashed was flying normally until a catastrophic failure developed just seconds before the disaster, a report found yesterday.
First Nations Energy and Mining Council released a report June 3 saying mining companies should put dollars toward an emergency fund that would cover the damages caused by disasters like the catastrophic failure of the Mount Polley tailings pond in summer of 2014.
She said: "Investigations revealed there had been a catastrophic failure of a welding joint between the tubular seat post and the attachment plate.
An emergency landing is mandatory even without a catastrophic failure because most jet aircraft flying today have only two engines.
Nevertheless, supply chain managers in Europe responsible for ensuring the smooth flow of goods after a catastrophic failure will be watching the escalating civil violence in Egypt closely.
After the completion of ground-maintenance turns and while refueling, the P-3C air-multiplier unit had a catastrophic failure and caught Are.
It is the result of unnatural selection, and exists on a knife edge between glory and catastrophic failure.

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