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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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.
EVENTS 1967: The Soviet Union announces the catastrophic failure of its latest space mission, with the crash of Soyuz 1 and the death of the cosmonaut on board.
Failure to inspect and repair these LTCs could result in a catastrophic failure causing an unscheduled outage for several hundred customers.
The Super Puma's gearbox was inspected days before suffering a catastrophic failure in April 2009.
His keen eye prevented the inevitable failure of numerous aircraft systems, an increased risk of catastrophic failure of the LAU-131 rocket pod, the potential loss of aircraft and the aircrew.
An emergency landing is mandatory even without a catastrophic failure because most jet aircraft flying today have only two engines.
More than 1,100 Coverity customers use Coverity's development testing platform to automatically test source code for software defects that could lead to product crashes, unexpected behavior, security breaches or catastrophic failure.
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.
A BLAZE in which two young jockeys died was either started deliberately or there was a catastrophic failure of the alarm system, an expert told a jury yesterday.
A deadly fire at Tesoro Corp's Anacortes, Washington, refinery was due to a catastrophic failure of a heat exchanger, sources familiar with the investigation of the blaze said.

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