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A top-down iteration algorithm for Monte Carlo method for probability estimation of a fault tree with circular logic

  • Han, Sang Hoon (Risk & Environmental Safety Research Division, Korea Atomic Energy Research Institute)
  • Received : 2017.12.28
  • Accepted : 2018.04.02
  • Published : 2018.08.25

Abstract

Calculating minimal cut sets is a typical quantification method used to evaluate the top event probability for a fault tree. If minimal cut sets cannot be calculated or if the accuracy of the quantification result is in doubt, the Monte Carlo method can provide an alternative for fault tree quantification. The Monte Carlo method for fault tree quantification tends to take a long time because it repeats the calculation for a large number of samples. Herein, proposal is made to improve the quantification algorithm of a fault tree with circular logic. We developed a top-down iteration algorithm that combines the characteristics of the top-down approach and the iteration approach, thereby reducing the computation time of the Monte Carlo method.

Acknowledgement

Supported by : National Research Foundation of Korea (NRF)

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