Modelling Dependent Component Failures with Domino Effects

  • Uwe K. Rakowsky
  • Winfrid G. Schneeweiss
Conference paper


The objective of this contribution is to widen the art of modelling dependencies between components in a reliability analysis. The presented convolution-based approach allows quantifying the impact of a component failure on another system component — the so-called domino effect — and calculating failure probabilities of non-repairable systems. The contribution discusses the mathematical fundamentals and the applicability of the approach. Domino coupling probabilities are used to quantify the impact of one component on the other.


Probability Density Function Component Failure Domino Effect Serial Structure Dependent Failure 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Uwe K. Rakowsky
    • 1
  • Winfrid G. Schneeweiss
    • 2
  1. 1.Vossloh KiepeDüsseldorfGermany
  2. 2.FernUniversität HagenHagenGermany

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