• Ulrich Hauptmanns
  • Wolfgang Werner


Risk, that is the possibility of suffering damage, is inseparably associated with human existence. On one hand it results from natural causes like illness or from natural disasters like earthquakes, floods or volcanic eruptions; on the other hand it is a side effect of man’s technological achievements. The risk resulting from the utilization of technical installations is not only the subject of research in engineering itself, but also in jurisprudence and sociology [1–5]. In engineering the chief aim is to identify sources of risk, to quantify the risk resulting from them, and to develop and implement measures to reduce it. Legislation has the responsibility to protect man and property from the risks of technical installations; sociology deals with the effects of technology on human life forms and with the problems of acceptance of engineering risks.


Event Sequence Annual Frequency Damage Category Expected Frequency Complementary Cumulative Distribution Function 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ulrich Hauptmanns
    • 1
  • Wolfgang Werner
    • 1
  1. 1.Gesellschaft für ReaktorsicherheitGRSmbHKöln 1Deutschland

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