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Roger Boisjoly-The Challenger Disaster

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Perform More Experiments

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Question:

The bench tests showed that temperature can adversely affect the resiliency, and therefore the effectiveness, of the O-rings, yet management at Thiokol and NASA shows no interest in planning a design change. What general courses of action are reasonable for an engineer in this sort of situation?

Answer: Perform more experiments.

What information would they give you? It might help if it gave you information you need to improve the seal performance, but it may simply delay the need for action.

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