Uncertainty in safety : new techniques for the assessment and optimisation of safety in process industry

J.L. Rouvroye, J.K. Nieuwenhuizen, A.C. Brombacher, P. Stavrianidis, R.Th.E. Spiker

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Abstract

At this moment there is no standardised method for the assessment for safety in the process industry. Many companies and institutes use qualitative techniques for safety analysis while other companies and institutes use quantitative techniques. The authors of this paper will compare different quantitative and qualitative techniques and will show that different analysis techniques show widely different results. It will also be shown that the qualitative techniques are highly dependent on human judgment while the quantitative techniques suffer from highly uncertain underlying data. In the second part of the paper a new quantitative technique will be presented that can be used for the assessment of safety in the process industry. This technique is not only able to take into account uncertain data but the user can also identify parameters that influence safety dominantly. Finally the paper presents an example of the new technique applied to a practical system used in Dutch petrochemical industry
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSafety engineering and risk analysis, 1995 : presented at the 1995 ASME international mechanical engineering congress and exhibition, November 12-17, 1995, San Francisco, California
EditorsD.W. Pyatt
Place of PublicationSan Francisco
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
Pages67-73
ISBN (Print)0-7918-1727-X
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Event1995 ASME International Mechanical, Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE 1995)
- San Francisco, CA, United States
Duration: 12 Nov 199517 Nov 1995

Conference

Conference1995 ASME International Mechanical, Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE 1995)
Abbreviated titleIMECE '95
CountryUnited States
CitySan Francisco, CA
Period12/11/9517/11/95

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    Rouvroye, J. L., Nieuwenhuizen, J. K., Brombacher, A. C., Stavrianidis, P., & Spiker, R. T. E. (1995). Uncertainty in safety : new techniques for the assessment and optimisation of safety in process industry. In D. W. Pyatt (Ed.), Safety engineering and risk analysis, 1995 : presented at the 1995 ASME international mechanical engineering congress and exhibition, November 12-17, 1995, San Francisco, California (pp. 67-73). American Society of Mechanical Engineers.