A Pattern Recognition Based FMEA for Safety-Critical SCADA Systems

  • Kuo-Sui LinEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 11432)


Failure Mode and Effects Analysis (FMEA) can be used as a structured method to prioritize all possible vulnerable areas (failure modes) for design review of safety-critical supervisory control and data acquisition (SCADA) Systems. However, the traditional RPN based FMEA has some inherent limitations. Thus the main purpose of this study was to propose a new pattern recognition based FMEA to evaluate, prioritize and correct a SCADA system’s failure modes. In the new FMEA method, a vague set based Risk Priority Number (RPN) is proposed to measure safety risk status of failure modes and a rule based pattern recognition method is also proposed to prioritize action priorities of failure modes. Finally, a case study was conducted to demonstrate that the proposed new FMEA method is not only capable of addressing its inherent problems but also is effective and efficient to be used as the basis for continuous improvement of a safety-critical SCADA system.


FMEA Pattern recognition SCADA system Vague set theory 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Information ManagementAletheia UniversityTaipeiTaiwan, R.O.C.

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