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Non-coherent fault tree analysis

posted on 01.11.2010, 14:33 by Sally C. Beeson
The aim of this thesis is to extend the current techniques available for the analysis of non-coherent fault trees. At present importance analysis of non-coherent systems is extremely limited. The majority of measures of importance that have been developed can only be used to analyse coherent fault trees. If these measures are used to analyse non-coherent fault trees the results obtained are inaccurate and misleading. Extensions for seven of the most commonly used measures of importance have been proposed to enable accurate analysis of non-coherent systems. The Binary Decision Diagram technique has been shown to provide an accurate and efficient means of analysing coherent fault trees. The application of this technique for the qualitative analysis of non-coherent fault trees has demonstrated the gains to be made in terms of efficiency and accuracy. Procedures for quantifying a non-coherent fault tree using this technique have been developed; these techniques enable significantly more efficient and accurate analysis than the conventional techniques for Fault Tree Analysis. Although the Binary Decision Diagram technique provides an efficient and accurate means of analysing coherent and non-coherent fault trees, large trees with many repeated events cannot always be analysed exactly. In such circumstances partial analysis must be performed if any conclusions regarding system safety and reliability are to be drawn. Culling techniques employed in conjuncfion with the Binary Decision Diagram method have been developed for the partial analysis of both coherent and non-coherent fault trees.



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A Doctoral Thesis. Submitted in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the award of Doctor of Philosophy of Loughborough University.

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