A Framework for Capturing and Analyzing the Failures Due to System/Component Interactions
Quality and Reliability Engineering International
John Wiley & Sons Ltd.
Place of Publication
To keep up with the speed of globalization and growing customer demands for more technology-oriented products, modern systems are becoming increasingly more complex. This complexity gives rise to unpredictable failure patterns. While there are a number of well-established failure analysis (physics-of-failure) models for individual components, these models do not hold good for complex systems as their failure behaviors may be totally different. Failure analysis of individual components does consider the environmental interactions but is unable to capture the system interaction effects on failure behavior. These models are based on the assumption of independent failure mechanisms. Dependency relationships and interactions of components in a complex system might give rise to some new types of failures that are not considered during the individual failure analysis of that component. This paper presents a general framework for failure modes and effects analysis (FMEA) to capture and analyze component interaction failures. The advantage of the proposed methodology is that it identifies and analyzes the system failure modes due to the interaction between the components. An example is presented to demonstrate the application of the proposed framework for a specific product architecture (PA) that captures interaction failures between different modules. However, the proposed framework is generic and can also be used in other types of PA.
product architecture, system interactions, system failure analysis, rule-based fuzzy logic
Civil and Environmental Engineering | Mechanical Engineering
Bimal Nepal, Om P. Yadav, Leslie Monplaisir, and Alper Murat (2008).
A Framework for Capturing and Analyzing the Failures Due to System/Component Interactions. Quality and Reliability Engineering International.24 (3), 265-289. United Kingdom: John Wiley & Sons Ltd..