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Re: Part V: System Safety
gpapich   3/2/2012 2:04:45 PM
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Read an interesting cascading failure discussion resulting from poor mfr QA.  Torpedo battery cook-off may have resulted in the loss of USS SCORPION, a US attack submarine.  Foil membrane failed under vibes much less than the normal encountered at sea.  Membrane failure caused a battery fire which cooked off the torpedo warhead only a few inches away in the body of the torpedo.  Caused low-order detonation which caused torpedo room flooding and a loss of depth control leading to the sub falling below crush-depth.

 



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