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On the significance of fault tree analysis in practice

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3 Author(s)
Reichenbach, F. ; ABB Corp. Res., Billingstad, Norway ; Alme, K.-J. ; Endresen, J.

With increasing system complexity and extensive use of computerized control of industrial processes and plants, it is essential to have a systematic approach for identifying failures that can expose people and environment for unacceptable risks. With focus on a drive system used to control a linear motor, the fault tree analysis method is utilized to reveal design weaknesses and to find mitigations that can improve the system safety characteristics. Starting with a set of top level hazards, elements with high risk impact are identified, and appropriate mitigations are suggested.

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Emerging Technologies & Factory Automation, 2009. ETFA 2009. IEEE Conference on

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22-25 Sept. 2009