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Column: Back to Basics: What Is a Fault Tree Analysis?
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Column: Back to Basics: What Is a Fault Tree Analysis?

Use a general conclusion to determine specific causes of a system failure

Publication:
Quality Progress
Date:
March 2002
Issue:
Volume 35 Issue 3
Pages:
pp. 120-120
Author(s):
Pilot, Simha

Abstract

[Abstract from article.]

The fault tree analysis (FTA) was first introduced by Bell Laboratories and is one of the most widely used methods in system reliability, maintainability and safety analysis. It is a deductive procedure used to determine the various combinations of hardware and software failures and human errors that could cause undesired events (referred to as top events) at the system level.

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