structural failure(redirected from Failure (material))
1. The loss of sustaining capacity or stability.
2. Rupture of an essential component of the structure.
3. A marked increase in strain without an increase in load.
4. A deformation which increases much more rapidly than the increase in imposed load.
The condition when a structure fails to withstand the stresses imposed upon it. The failure manifests itself by bending, becoming permanently deformed, or breaking.