by Brian R. Macejko / Jun 01, 2015

In industry, there is an expectation and obligation that equipment is operated safely, reliably, and without environmental incident.The way owner-users achieve this is through managing equipment risk. Risk is a function of both the probability of an event occurring as well as the consequence of that event. Unfortunately, when dealing with the potential for brittle fracture, consequences are typically catastrophic; therefore, it is imperative that the industry understands and properly manages the key influences that drive susceptibility to brittle fracture.

This is the first in a series of two articles that will discuss brittle fracture in the oil & gas and petrochemical industry.

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