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A translation of state machines to temporal fault trees

Mahmud, Nidhal; Papadopoulos, Yiannis; Walker, Martin


Nidhal Mahmud

Martin Walker


State Machines (SMs) are increasingly being used to gain a better understanding of the failure behaviour of safety-critical systems. In dependability analysis, SMs are translated to other models, such as Generalized Stochastic Petri Nets (GSPNs) or combinatorial fault trees. The former does not enable qualitative analysis, whereas the second allows it but can lead to inaccurate or erroneous results, because combinatorial fault trees do not capture the temporal semantics expressed by SMs. In this paper, we discuss the problem and propose a translation of SMs to temporal fault trees using Pandora, a recent technique for introducing temporal logic to fault trees, thus preserving the significance of the temporal sequencing of faults and allowing full qualitative analysis. Since dependability models inform the design of condition monitoring and failure prevention measures, improving the representation and analysis of dynamic effects in such models can have a positive impact on proactive failure avoidance.


Papadopoulos, Y., Mahmud, N., & Walker, M. (2010). A translation of state machines to temporal fault trees. doi:10.1109/dsnw.2010.5542620

Conference Name 2010 International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks Workshops (DSN-W)
Start Date Jun 28, 2010
End Date Jul 1, 2010
Acceptance Date Jan 1, 2010
Publication Date 2010-06
Journal Proceedings of the International Conference on Dependable Systems and Networks
Pages 45 - 51
ISBN 9781424477296
Keywords Fault trees
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