Special Issue "Reliability, Availability and Safety Assessments in Industrial Applications Exploiting Sensors and IoT Frameworks"

A special issue of Safety (ISSN 2313-576X).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 June 2022) | Viewed by 8159

Special Issue Editors

Department of Information Engineering and Mathematical Sciences, University of Siena, 53100 Siena, Italy
Interests: sensors; reliability; availability; safety
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DINFO-Department of Information Engineering, University of Florence, Via S.Marta, 3, 50139 Florence, Italy
Interests: reliability; availability; maintainability and safety (RAMS); testing
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In recent years, research has focused on RAMS studies, consolidating the knowledge on conventional approaches and standard applications. Recently, technology has been pushing the world to a radical change in communication infrastructures, sensing architectures, and elaboration technology. Therefore, new methods, architectures, and approaches may be necessary to face this challenge. IoT sensing systems, for example, are pushing automotive, transportation, and the industrial environment in general to gather more information than in the past, and this quantity of data, which could not have even been imagined some years ago, may be useful to build reliable and safe structures that are able to face complex industrial challenges. Both hardware and software components are involved in this continuous development process and a theoretical RAMS background must be placed alongside it as well.

Prof. Dr. Marco Mugnaini
Prof. Dr. Lorenzo Ciani
Guest Editors

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  • RAMS
  • Sensor Reliability
  • System Availability
  • Safety Design
  • IoT System Reliability
  • RAMS New Design Techniques
  • Methods for RAMS
  • Distributed System RAMS
  • New Architectures for RAMS evaluation
  • RAMS analysis techniques: FMECA (Failure Mode, Effects and Criticality Analysis), FTA (Fault Tree Analysis)

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Logic Solver Diagnostics in Safety Instrumented Systems for Oil and Gas Applications
Safety 2022, 8(1), 15; https://doi.org/10.3390/safety8010015 - 25 Feb 2022
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A safety instrumented system (SIS) is a complex unit composed of a set of hardware and software controls which are expressly used in critical process systems. A SIS should be specifically designed to obtain the failsafe state of the monitored plant or maintain [...] Read more.
A safety instrumented system (SIS) is a complex unit composed of a set of hardware and software controls which are expressly used in critical process systems. A SIS should be specifically designed to obtain the failsafe state of the monitored plant or maintain safety of the procedure or a process when unacceptable or dangerous conditions occur. This paper focuses on condition monitoring and different diagnostic solutions used in safety instrumented systems, such as limit alarm trips, on-board diagnostics, and logic solver diagnostics. A case study consisting of the design of a safety loop using standard IEC 61508 for a complex safety instrumented system in the oil and gas field is presented in the paper using a diagnostics-oriented approach. The presented methodology aims at reaching the optimal tradeoff between IEC 61508 and the market requirements focusing on the best technological solutions to optimize diagnostics and safety and minimize the system’s response time in case of failure. The results of the application emphasize the importance of an accurate diagnostic strategy on safety instrumented systems for oil and gas plants. Full article
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