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What happens if engineers mess up their calculations when designing structures?

I know that physics can be really tricky and its easy to make a mistake, especially the complicated kind of physics engineers do. How do you prevent mistakes from happening?

Asked By: - 1/26/2011
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Sometimes, very bad things. Read below about an infamous case in which, essentially, not being familiar with basic statics principles resulted in five deaths and thousands of dollars of equipment destroyed. A technician incorrectly estimated that a tower section would be safely supported by a number of bolts whose... More
Answered By: James - 1/26/2011
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well there is bound to be mistakes, so they ALWAYS create some failsafe that if they forgot something, something else can make up for that.
Answered By: Alex - 1/26/2011
 
Now a days, a different engineer usually catches it. That's why Boeing has fifty different engineers designing an aircraft wing. They really would like it to be right the first time before they load it with people. If a mistake does slip through, it can range from trivial to disastrous.
Answered By: CT - 1/26/2011
 
They took it out of my check. Thank fully it was a small mistake... More
Answered By: Fred - 1/26/2011
 
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