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This standard practice for the scientific-engineering, or technical investigation and analysis of component failures covers the collection and analysis of all information and physical evidence pertaining to the failure or perceived failure of a specific component.
Formerly under the jurisdiction of Committee E58 on Forensic Engineering, this practice was withdrawn in January 2013 in accordance with section 10.5.3.1 of the Regulations Governing ASTM Technical Committees, which requires that standards shall be updated by the end of the eighth year since the last approval date.
1.1 This standard practice for the engineering investigation and analysis of component failures covers the collection and analysis of all information and physical evidence pertaining to the failure or perceived failure of a specific component. The data and physical evidence includes but are not limited to background information regarding the design (if available), fabrication and expected service conditions of the component, evidence pertaining to the actual service history of the component, and physical evidence relating to the component failure. The nature of the use of the particular component is immaterial with respect to this standard. This standard does not apply to software.
1.2 For the purpose of collecting and generating data, all values will be used with SI (English) units.
This standard may involve hazardous substances and objects, operations, and equipment. This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety and health practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use.
2. Referenced Documents (purchase separately) The documents listed below are referenced within the subject standard but are not provided as part of the standard.
E620 Practice for Reporting Opinions of Scientific or Technical Experts
E678 Practice for Evaluation of Scientific or Technical Data
E860 Practice for Examining And Preparing Items That Are Or May Become Involved In Criminal or Civil Litigation
E1020 Practice for Reporting Incidents that May Involve Criminal or Civil Litigation
E1188 Practice for Collection and Preservation of Information and Physical Items by a Technical Investigator
E1492 Practice for Receiving, Documenting, Storing, and Retrieving Evidence in a Forensic Science Laboratory