Fault Tree Analysis: A survey of the state-of-the-art in modeling, analysis and tools

Enno J.J. Ruijters, Mariëlle I.A. Stoelinga

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    Fault tree analysis (FTA) is a very prominent method to analyze the risks related to safety and economically critical assets, like power plants, airplanes, data centers and web shops. FTA methods comprise of a wide variety of modelling and analysis techniques, supported by a wide range of software tools. This paper surveys over 150 papers on fault tree analysis, providing an in-depth overview of the state-of-the-art in FTA. Concretely, we review standard fault trees, as well as extensions such as dynamic FT, repairable FT, and extended FT. For these models, we review both qualitative analysis methods, like cut sets and common cause failures, and quantitative techniques, including a wide variety of stochastic methods to compute failure probabilities. Numerous examples illustrate the various approaches, and tables present a quick overview of results.
    Original languageEnglish
    Place of PublicationEnschede
    PublisherCentre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT)
    Number of pages36
    Publication statusPublished - 2 Dec 2014

    Publication series

    NameCTIT Technical Report Series
    PublisherUniversity of Twente, Centre for Telematics and Information Technology (CTIT)
    ISSN (Print)1381-3625


    • IR-93980
    • METIS-309715
    • EWI-25404
    • Reliability
    • Fault Trees
    • Risk analysis
    • Dynamic Fault Trees
    • Graphical models
    • Dependability Evaluation


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