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Effective sensor placement based on a VIKOR method considering common cause failure in the presence of epistemic uncertainty
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School of Information Engineering, Nanchang University, Nanchang, 330031, P. R. China
Publication date: 2021-06-30
Eksploatacja i Niezawodność – Maintenance and Reliability 2021;23(2):253-262
  • A VIKOR method is proposed to choose the possible sensor locations.
  • A sensor model is presented by using a priority AND gate in sensor placement.
  • CCF has an incredible influence on the reliabilitybased sensor placement method.
Owing to expensive cost and restricted structure, limited sensors are allowed to install in modern systems to monitor the working state, which can improve their availability. Therefore, an effective sensor placement method is presented based on a VIKOR algorithm considering common cause failure (CCF) under epistemic uncertainty in this paper. Specifically, a dynamic fault tree (DFT) is developed to build a fault model to simulate dynamic fault behaviors and some reliability indices are calculated using a dynamic evidence network (DEN). Furthermore, a VIKOR method is proposed to choose the possible sensor locations based on these indices. Besides, a sensor model is introduced by using a priority AND gate (PAND) to describe the failure sequence between a sensor and a component. All placement schemes can be enumerated when the number of sensors is given, and the largest system reliability is the best alternative among the placement schemes. Finally, a case study shows that CCF has some influence on sensor placement and cannot be neglected in the reliabilitybased sensor placement.
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