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Large aluminium dome failure

Report ID: 5 Published: 1 November 2005 Region: CROSS-UK

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A structure composed of aluminium tubes failed.

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  • Quality control and competent supervision during the fabrication process can help ensure elements are constructed in accordance with the design

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Safety lessons can be learned from the failure of a structure composed of aluminium tubes. The causes of the failure were complex but in part at least due to brittle behaviour of the aluminium at the joints exacerbated by methods used in the fabrication process.

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