Fault Trees

Fault Trees

Nikolaos Limnios, University of Technology of Compiègne, France

ISBN : 9781905209309

Publication Date : January 2007

Hardcover 224 pp

125.00 USD



Fault tree analysis is an important technique in determining the safety and dependability of complex systems. Fault trees are used as a major tool in the study of system safety as well as in reliability and availability studies.

The basic methods – construction, logical analysis, probability evaluation and influence study – are described in this book. The following extensions of fault trees, non-coherent fault trees, fault trees with delay and multi-performance fault trees, are also explained. Traditional algorithms for fault tree analysis are presented, as well as more recent algorithms based on binary decision diagrams (BDD).


1. Systems with a Single Component.
2. Multi-Component Systems.
3. Fault Tree Construction.
4. Minimal Sets.
5. Probabilistic Evaluation.
6. Influence Study.
7. Modules - Phases - Common Modes.
8. Extensions: Non-coherent Fault Trees – with Delay – Multi-performance.
9. Binary Decision Diagrams.
10. Stochastic Simulation of Fault Trees.
Appendices: BDD Algorithms in FT Analysis; European Benchmark in Fault Trees; Some Results of Probabilities.

About the authors

Nikolaos Limnios is a Professor at the University of Technology of Compiègne, France. His research includes reliability, applied stochastic processes and statistics. He has written and edited many books in the reliability field.