Title: Fault tree analysis applied to vehicle design

Authors: Gradimir Ivanovic, Predag Popovic, Mirko Stojovic, Malisa Djokic

Addresses: University of Belgrade, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, 27 marta 80, 11000 Belgrade, Yugoslavia. ' Institute 'Vine', 11000 Belgrade, Yugoslavia. ' FAP, 31330 Priboj, Yugoslavia. ' Canada

Abstract: With world-wide competition so strong it is essential that motor vehicles have high reliability. One of the ways to reach this goal is the use of fault tree analysis (FTA) in vehicle design. FTA enables a motor vehicle designer to detect critical points in the construction and to undertake corrective measures towards reducing or eliminating the risk of an identified fault. FTA is a major contribution to modern motor vehicle design methods, it enables increased reliability levels for motor vehicles and their components, and increased safety in traffic and fewer faults in operation. In the paper a motor vehicle fault analysis is performed by the FTA method with top and basic faults indicated. Particular attention was paid to FTA use in universal joint design.

Keywords: failure; fault tree analysis; FTA; fault trees; fault probability; quality assessment; reliability; top event; vehicle design; vehicle reliability; universal joint design.

DOI: 10.1504/IJVD.1994.061872

International Journal of Vehicle Design, 1994 Vol.15 No.3/4/5, pp.416 - 424

Available online: 28 May 2014 *

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