Engineering with Uncertainty: Monitoring Air Bag Performance

TitleEngineering with Uncertainty: Monitoring Air Bag Performance
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2008
AuthorsWetmore, JM
JournalScience and Engineering Ethics
Volume14
Issue2
Pagination201-218
Publication Languageeng
ISSN Number1353-3452
KeywordsENGINEERING , humanities , product , Product and Consumer Safety , professional , professional responsibility , SOCIAL
AbstractModern engineering is filled with uncertainties, and in some cases these uncertainties can prove to have adverse consequences can include possible health and safety implications. However, due to the inherent limits of testing and the complexities of the world outside the lab, engineers will never be able to fully predict how their creations will behave. However, one way of dealing with this uncertainty in some cases is to actively monitor technologies once they have left the development and product stage. This article discusses an instance in the history of automobile air bags as an example of engineers who had the foresight to carefully tract the technology on the road to discover problems as early as possible.
URLhttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s11948-008-9060-y
DOI10.1007/s11948-008-9060-y
Short TitleEngineering with Uncertainty: Monitoring Air Bag Performance
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