- Loss of the load-carrying capacity of a component or member within a structure or of the structure itself. Structural failure is initiated when the material in a structure is stressed to its strength limit, thus causing fracture or excessive deformations.
Three buildings in the World Trade Center Complex collapsed due to structural failure on the day of the attack.
Look at other dictionaries:
Structural failure — v · d · e Materials failure modes Buckling · … Wikipedia
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 … Aviation dictionary
Structural engineering — is a field of engineering dealing with the analysis and design of structures that support or resist loads. Structural engineering is usually considered a speciality within civil engineering, but it can also be studied in its own right. [cite… … Wikipedia
Structural engineer — Structural engineers analyze, design, plan, and research structural components and structural systems. Their work takes account mainly of technical, economic and environmental concerns, but they may also consider aesthetic and social… … Wikipedia
Structural load — Structural loads or actions are forces, deformations or accelerations applied to a structure or its components. Loads cause stresses, deformations and displacements in structures. Assessment of their effects is carried out by the methods of … Wikipedia
Failure (disambiguation) — Failure is not meeting a desirable or intended objective.Failure may also refer to: * Failure (album), an album by King Missile *Failure (band), a 1990s rock bandee also*Failure rate *Structural failure, a material stressed to its strength limit … Wikipedia
Failure theory (material) — v · d · e Materials failure modes Buckling · Corro … Wikipedia
Structural design — In structural engineering, structural design is an iterative process of applying engineering mechanics and past experience to create a functional, economic, and, most importantly, safe structure for the public to inhabit or to use. Using… … Wikipedia
Failure — For other uses, see Failure (disambiguation). Fail redirects here. For the Irish Republican Party, see Fianna Fáil … Wikipedia
failure — noun Etymology: alteration of earlier failer, from Anglo French, from Old French faillir to fail Date: 1643 1. a. omission of occurrence or performance; specifically a failing to perform a duty or expected action < failure to pay the rent on time … New Collegiate Dictionary