A Practical Guideline For A Successful Root Cause Failure Analysis.
Root cause failure analysis is a process for identifying the true root cause of a particular failure and using that information to set a course for corrective/preventive action. From a technical standpoint, it is usually a multidisciplinary problem, typically focused on the traditional engineering fields such as chemistry, physics, materials, statics, dynamics, fluids, etc. However, it seems that too often the analysis stops with the technical aspects that are easily understood in an engineering environment, where the real root cause may exist in the human organization. In this tutorial, a practical guide to root cause failure analysis will be provided, followed by case studies to demonstrate both the technical and organizational nature of a typical root cause failure analysis.
Ransom, David L. (2007). A Practical Guideline For A Successful Root Cause Failure Analysis.. Texas A&M University. Turbomachinery Laboratories. Available electronically from