structural failure

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structural failure

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.
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structural failure

The condition when a structure fails to withstand the stresses imposed upon it. The failure manifests itself by bending, becoming permanently deformed, or breaking.
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