Automated Fault Tree Analysis for Hydraulic Systems

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P. A. Hogan, C. R. Burrows, K. A. Edge

Fluid Power Centre, University of Bath, Bath, UK BA2 7AY

R. M. Atkinson, M. R. Montakhab, D. J. Woollons

School of Engineering, Exeter University, Exeter, UK EX4 4QF

J. Dyn. Sys., Meas., Control 118(2), 278-282 (Jun 01, 1996) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2802315 History: Received January 22, 1993; Online December 03, 2007


Fault Tree Analysis is a commonly used technique for assessing the reliability and safety of engineering systems at the design stage but it is tedious and time-consuming to apply. A reconfigurable program is presented which utilizes a library of qualitative component models to enable fault tree type analyses of arbitrary hydraulic circuit configurations. It is applied to the analysis of failures of an experimental rig and a complex industrial system, and some features of its design and performance are discussed.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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