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$16 Million Award for Collapsed Bauxite Conveyor System

A West African bauxite company was awarded $16 million in a U.S. District Court after a tippler building collapsed and suffered sustained severe structural damage.

Bauxite was dropped twenty-two feet from rail cars onto the conveyor of a crusher system in the tippler building. The conveyor system and concrete support beams were most seriously affected. O’Donnell engineers performed a failure investigation and determined that the impact loading of the bauxite boulders weighing up to ten tons had been grossly underestimated in the design of the building. They concluded that the structure had been under-designed for the anticipated and applied loads.

 

See also:
Failure Analysis on Conveyor Chain in a Gypsum Kiln
Failure Analysis and Redesign on Cracked Ductwork
Design/Construction Issues of Coke Oven Batteries in $560 M International Arbitration
 
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