4: is metal fatigue.
3: was it the rivets?
4: Metal Fatigue is the underlying problem, so what current design feature was introduced to counter the problem?
3: The liberty ships were welded together instead of being riveted, but as it turned out, that wasn't the problem, something else was.
Some also try to blame the sinking of the Titanic on this problem (with debatable validity).
iBozz: 1 - Nope, but that's where it gets the name from.
2- Yep, above around 12% Cr a stable layer forms on the surface so the steel is effectively stainless.
3 - Close like DaveAitch but the welds weren't the real problem
Shark in the Medway / Long Bind depending where I'm logged in
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 04/08/2008 16:25 by OxfordShark.