A Fault Tree for Reliability Analysis of an Intercity Train Door

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The door system on trains is one of the most critical subsystems, particularly from a passenger safety perspective. It is reported that 30–40% of rolling stock failures are related to the door system. Failure of components during regular operation can bring services to a complete stop, incurring prolonged delays and fines. Therefore, the reliability of the door system and its sub-components is crucial for the safe and continuous operation of any train. In this study, fault tree reliability analysis was recommended to manage the continuous operational functionalities of an intercity train door system. Fault tree-based reliability analysis is a popular technique used across many industries. A data-driven approach is proposed to build a fault tree of an intercity train plug door system. The fault tree can be modified over time as more records and data become available. This reliability analysis could help reduce the likelihood of critical failures while providing more dependable rolling stock operation. Based on the subsystems’ reliability, the developed framework can be used to compare various system designs and improve maintenance strategies.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the UNIfied Conference of DAMAS, IncoME and TEPEN Conferences (UNIfied 2023) - Volume 1
EditorsAndrew D. Ball, Huajiang Ouyang, Jyoti K. Sinha, Zuolu Wang
PublisherSpringer, Cham
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783031494130
ISBN (Print)9783031494123, 9783031494154
Publication statusPublished - 30 May 2024
EventThe UNIfied Conference of DAMAS, InCoME and TEPEN Conferences - Huddersfield, United Kingdom, Huddersfield, United Kingdom
Duration: 29 Aug 20231 Sep 2023

Publication series

NameMechanisms and Machine Science
Volume151 MMS
ISSN (Print)2211-0984
ISSN (Electronic)2211-0992


ConferenceThe UNIfied Conference of DAMAS, InCoME and TEPEN Conferences
Abbreviated titleUNIfied 2023
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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