Railroads, Safety measures
This thesis "System Safety in Rail Transportation," is addressed to an individual having a basic technical background but little or no experience in this field. The thesis discusses the need for and the benefits to be obtained by using system safety techniques and principles in the railroad industry. Examples of typical railroad accidents are reviewed, and it is pointed out that analysis of the hazards in the railroad industry prior to the accidents would have identified problems which eventually resulted in the accidents. The system safety approach, which was developed for use in the aerospace and aviation fields, has proved to be extremely effective and is now being adapted to many other areas. The surface modes of transportation have the greatest need for these techniques. The techniques covered in this thesis include Hazard Analysis, Fault or Logic Tree Analysis, Failure Modes and Effects Analysis, and Probabilistic Cost Analysis. The thesis also describes a hypothetical model for organizing and implementing system safety approaches in an existing railroad company.
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Schrader, George F.
Master of Science (M.S.)
College of Engineering
vii, 108 pages
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Railroads -- Safety measures
Smith, Quave Norvell, "System Safety in Rail Transportation" (1976). Retrospective Theses and Dissertations. 254.