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How design quirks and conditions of use conspire to structural failure: a case study

Wouter Ost (UGent) , Jeroen Van Wittenberghe (UGent) and Patrick De Baets (UGent)
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Sometimes designers introduce a number of quirks in their design, either due to a preference for certain technologies or practices or under the influence of the policies in the companies they work for. While most of the time these quirks are harmless, sometimes they can, either in themselves or in combination with the conditions in which the design is used lead to failure. In this paper a case is discussed in which a designer used a quirky solution of lengthening an existing design of a 40ft. freight container to 45ft.. While the design in itself was not fundamentally flawed, it proved to be incompatible to the handling equipment still in use at most seaports.
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design, conditions of use, Failure, container

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Ost, Wouter, Jeroen Van Wittenberghe, and Patrick De Baets. 2010. “How Design Quirks and Conditions of Use Conspire to Structural Failure: a Case Study.” In Sustainable Construction and Design, ed. Jeroen Van Wittenberghe, 1:144–150. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Laboratory Soete.
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Ost, W., Van Wittenberghe, J., & De Baets, P. (2010). How design quirks and conditions of use conspire to structural failure: a case study. In J. Van Wittenberghe (Ed.), SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN (Vol. 1, pp. 144–150). Presented at the Day of Research 2010, Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Laboratory Soete.
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Ost W, Van Wittenberghe J, De Baets P. How design quirks and conditions of use conspire to structural failure: a case study. In: Van Wittenberghe J, editor. SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Laboratory Soete; 2010. p. 144–50.
MLA
Ost, Wouter, Jeroen Van Wittenberghe, and Patrick De Baets. “How Design Quirks and Conditions of Use Conspire to Structural Failure: a Case Study.” Sustainable Construction and Design. Ed. Jeroen Van Wittenberghe. Vol. 1. Ghent, Belgium: Ghent University. Laboratory Soete, 2010. 144–150. Print.
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  abstract     = {Sometimes designers introduce a number of quirks in their design, either due to a preference for certain technologies or practices or under the influence of the policies in the companies they work for. While most of the time these quirks are harmless, sometimes they can, either in themselves or in combination with the conditions in which the design is used lead to failure. In this paper a case is discussed in which a designer used a quirky solution of lengthening an existing design of a 40ft. freight container to 45ft.. While the design in itself was not fundamentally flawed, it proved to be incompatible to the handling equipment still in use at most seaports.},
  author       = {Ost, Wouter and Van Wittenberghe, Jeroen and De Baets, Patrick},
  booktitle    = {SUSTAINABLE CONSTRUCTION AND DESIGN},
  editor       = {Van Wittenberghe, Jeroen},
  isbn         = {9789490726003},
  issn         = {2032-7471},
  language     = {eng},
  location     = {Ghent, Belgium},
  pages        = {144--150},
  publisher    = {Ghent University. Laboratory Soete},
  title        = {How design quirks and conditions of use conspire to structural failure: a case study},
  volume       = {1},
  year         = {2010},
}