Quantified Risk and Uncertainty Analysis

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Ahmed, F. (2017). Quantified Risk and Uncertainty Analysis. The Chemical Engineer. 911, pp. 28-32.
AuthorsAhmed, F.
Abstract

The legal requirement in the UK for the duty holder of
a chemical process plant to demonstrate that risk is
as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP) means that
quantified risk assessments (QRAs) must be accurate and
robust and that identified risks are adequately mitigated. Bayesian belief networks(BBN) is an emerging technique which can be used to determine the likelihood of an event in support of the QRA process. It is a statistical method involving estimating the probability distribution for a given hypothesis. The most interesting features which distinguish this QRA technique from all the others are:
• it can analyse complex systems of any given number of
variables and their dependability within a single analysis;
• it can analyse parameters over a range of probability
values for any given set of conditions, providing a better
understanding in terms of sensitivity analysis;
• it engages expert judgement and learning from previous
events to update the probability distribution, thus
improving QRA accuracy; and
• it is not just restricted to fault analysis and can be used
to support plant operational decision making using a
quantified approach

Year2017
JournalThe Chemical Engineer
Journal citation911, pp. 28-32
PublisherInstitution of Chemical Engineers
ISSN0302-0797
Web address (URL)https://www.thechemicalengineer.com/magazine/issues/issue-911/
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Print01 May 2017
Publication process dates
Accepted01 Apr 2017
Deposited22 Dec 2020
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