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Fault Tree Analysis

Fault tree analysis techniques have been readily adopted by a range of engineering disciplines for performing reliability and safety analysis. Fault trees may be used to analyse large and complex systems. Fault Tree Analysis is extremely useful in analysing redundancy arrangements. Fault trees are meant to graphically represent the interaction of failures and other events within a system. Events at the bottom of the fault tree are linked via logic symbols (gates) to one or more events at the TOP. TOP events represent identified hazards or system failure modes for which predicted reliability data is required. By using Pareto Analysis, we can prioritize the individual changes that will most improve the situation.

Events at the bottom of the fault tree generally represent component and human faults for which statistical failure and repair data is available. Typical events at the botom (basic events) include Pump failure and Operator does not respond.

Typical TOP events iclude Safety system unavailable and Total loss of production.

FaultTree+ an Isograph FaultTree+ computer program allows you to perform fault tree analysis in an integrated environment. The program also provides event tree and Markov analysis capabilities.

First developed in the 1960's, the fault tree analysis (FTA) was first introduced by Bell Laboratories and is used in system reliability, maintainability and safety analysis.