Is your modeling logic…logical?

When modeling (or modelling for those of you in the UK) your system in a Fault Tree or Reliability Block Diagram do you ever wonder if your logic is covering all possible failures or properly accounting for redundancy in your system?

Try your hand at modelling the included schematic in a Fault Tree or Reliability Block Diagram (RBD) then join us on a Webniar, Friday at 10am PST, to see if your model matches up with the model one of our support experts comes up with. If you do not have access Fault Tree Analysis or RBD software please let me know and I will lend you software to use during this meeting.


The safety system is designed to operate as follows: should a runaway reaction begin, the temperature sensor (TS1) and pressure sensor (PS1) will detect the increase in temperature and pressure and start the safe shutdown process. The provision of two sensors is for redundancy; only a single sensor needs to register the unsafe reactor conditions to engage the safety system. Should either TS1 or PS1 detect a runaway reaction, two things will occur: 1) a signal will be sent to the controller (CON), which will close the electric valves in each reactor input (EV1 and EV2), and 2) the alarm (ALARM) will sound, signaling the operator (OP) to close the manual valve in each reactor input (MV1 and MV2). In order to stop the runaway reaction, BOTH inputs must be shut down. However, only one valve on each input needs to be shut. So only MV1 or EV1 must be shut to stop input 1, but at least one valve on input 1 and at least one valve on input 2 must close to stop the inputs to the runaway reaction. Note that EV1 and EV2 (and only these components) are powered by the electrical grid; all other components have independent battery backups or power supplies.



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