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Fault Tree Analysis Workshop

Seminar Content

This one-day workshop is designed to help your company conduct Fault Tree Analysis. Not only will you learn the fault tree symbols and methodologies, but you will also be able to create fault trees for system and component events.

Fault tree analysis is conducted by Engineering teams to identify critical elements within the design which can cause a fault. Fault tree analysis can be used in critical and safety related products.

Fault tree analysis is part of ISO 26262, which is the Functional Safety standard “Road vehicles -- Functional Safety". This standard is an adaptation of the Functional Safety standard IEC 61508 for the specifics of Automotive Electric/Electronic Systems. It is to be applied to Safety Related Systems that include one or more E/E systems that are installed in production passenger cars with a maximum gross vehicle mass up to 3,500 kg

Who Should Attend

System, Software and hardware engineers, managers responsible for the development and implementation of systems, software and hardware in a motor vehicle.

Recommended Training and/or Experience

Students should be involved in or aware of software and hardware development as it relates to the motor vehicle industry.

Seminar Materials

Each participant will receive a seminar manual including case studies

Seminar Goals

  • Be able to perform a fault tree analysis during any phase of the development process
  • Be proficient in fault tree analysis immediately after completing this workshop
  • Study examples of real fault trees from real systems

Seminar Outline

  • Introduction to Fault Tree Analysis
  • Fault Tree Symbols and Methodologies
  • Fault Tree Construction
    • System and Component Events
    • Construction Rules
    • Constructing a Simple Fault Tree
  • Minimal Cut Sets
    • Converting the tree structure to a Boolean representation
    • Eliminating Redundant Sets
    • Evaluating Sets with a Computer Program
  • System Quantification
    • Calculating Cut Set Unavailability and Failure Frequency
    • Calculating TOP Event Unavailability and Failure Frequency
    • Deriving Other System Parameters
    • Modular Fault Trees
  • Dependent Failures


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