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    Chapter 14 Fitness for Service

    Published: Jan 1999

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    FITNESS FOR SERVICE is a term used by Wells [1] in the early 1960s to describe the actual safety or reliability of a structure at a given time. It takes account of the actual stresses, flaw sizes, material toughness, service conditions, etc. in a realistic manner so that the “fitness” for continued service of an existing structure can be established on a rational basis. It has also been referred to as common sense engineering [2] and serves as the basis for a decision as to the “life extension” of an existing structure.

    Committee/Subcommittee: E08.04

    DOI: 10.1520/MNL10336M

    ISBN10: 0-8031-2082-6
    ISBN13: 978-0-8031-2082-2