Failure mode modular de-composition

  • R.P. Clark

Student thesis: Doctoral Thesis


The certification process of safety critical products for European and other international standards typically demand environmental stress, endurance and electro magnetic compatibility testing. Theoretical, or `static testing' also a requirement. Failure Mode Effects Analysis (FMEA) is a tool used for static testing. FMEA is a bottom-up technique that aims to assess the effects of all component failure modes in a system. Its use is traditionally limited to hardware systems. With the growing complexity of modern electronics traditional FMEA is suffering from state explosion and re-use of analysis problems. Also with the now ubiquitous use of microcontrollers in smart instruments and control systems, software is increasingly being seen as a `missing factor' for FMEA.
Date of AwardSept 2013
Original languageEnglish
Awarding Institution
  • University of Brighton

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