The purpose of this article is to explain the material failures and design flaws that contributed to the rapid sinking of the titanic specifically, brittle fracture of the hull steel, failure of the rivets, and flaws in the watertight compartments will be analyzed human factors that contributed to the sinking will not be reviewed. But the watertight compartment design contained a flaw that was a critical factor in titanic’s sinking: while the individual bulkheads were indeed watertight, the walls separating the bulkheads extended only a few feet above the water line, so water could pour from one compartment into another, especially if the ship began to list or pitch forward. Uncover additional clues to the cause of the rapid sinking of the titanic the following is a discussion of the material failures and design flaws that contributed to the disaster material failures when the titanic collided with the iceberg, the hull steel and the wrought iron rivets failed because of brittle fracture.
The titanic was 900 ft long, 25 stories high, and weighed 46, 000 tons it was created with turn of the century design and technology it possessed 16 major watertight compartments in the lower section of the boat. Although it was considered a technology masterpiece of her time, the sinking of the titanic had many engineering flaws (both in the design of the ship and the implementation of safety procedures) that lead to her catastrophic failure and the loss of over 1500 passengers.
The titanic was supposedly a state-of-the-art new cruise ship it was bigger than any other ship at the time background was the rudder too small design flaw: not the rudder parks stephenson, systems engineer, maritime historian, and retired naval officer: “where rudders are concerned, bigger.
The watertight compartments proved to be a fatal design flaw--one that james cameron illustrated well early in his 1997 film recounting the fateful april night in 1912 when the titanic sunk, taking about two thirds of her 2,200 passengers into the icy waters with her.
The purpose of this article is to explain the material failures and design flaws that contributed to the rapid sinking of the titanic specifically, brittle fracture of the hull steel, failure of the rivets, and flaws in the watertight compartments will be analyzed. Supposedly the titanic was unsinkable but after the descending of the titanic, we discovered there were numerous construction problems that contributed to the occurrence hull steel: on an expedition in 1991 to investigate the titanic wreck, scientists discovered a chunk of metal lying on the ocean floor that once was a part of the titanic's hull steel.
It didn’t have any flaws, harland and wolfe never said that it was unsinkable, and neither did white star that claim started off in a ship building magazine, which stated that titanic was vitrually unsinkable.
(rms titanic remembered) on it's first voyage, the titanic hit an iceberg and sank in 3 hours more than 1,500 people died captain's error the captain ignored 6 warnings of icebergs in the area iron rivets rivets were made of sub-standard iron, and broke easier watertight compartments the ship's 16 watertight compartments were not tall enough. I’m a member of the marine forensics committee, and author or co-author of three peer-reviewed papers on the “titanic” my most recent paper, “the breakup of titanic – a re-examination of survivor accounts”, was presented at the first international marine forensics symposium on april 4.