Rules for the computer-aided synthesis of fault trees
This thesis describes the development of a computer-aided fault tree synthesis package for application in the process industries. It builds on the previous research work carried out in the Plant Engineering Group at Loughborough University. The emphasis has been put on describing the underlying methodology as opposed to the actual computer programs. The methodology described was developed by modelling a number of "real" systems, which had already been analysed using manual fault tree construction techniques by British Gas plc. Additionally a number of standard examples from the literature were utilised, as well as a large number of contrived examples to fully evaluate the package. The problems encountered and their solution are described. The culmination of this project was the implementation of the computer package at the Midlands Research Station of British Gas plc. It is not intended that the package should replace the fault tree expert. It should rather be viewed as a tool to facilitate the work of the process engineer, particularly during the design phase. This should enable the evaluation of many more options, which would otherwise have been proved prohibitive by the effort required to manually synthesise the fault trees.