A thematic approach to system safety

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Sandia National Laboratories has refined a process for developing inherently safer system designs, based on methods used by the Laboratories to design detonation safety into nuclear weapons. The process was created when the Laboratories realized that standard engineering practices did not provide the level of safety assurance necessary for nuclear weapon operations, with their potential for catastrophic accidents. A systematic approach, which relies on mutually supportive design principles integrated through fundamental physical principles, was developed to ensure a predictably safe system response under a variety of operational and accident based stresses. Robust, safe system designs result from this thematic approach ... continued below

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Ekman, M.E.; Werner, P.W.; Covan, J.M. & D`Antonio, P.E. December 1, 1997.

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    Publisher Info: Sandia National Labs., Albuquerque, NM (United States)
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Sandia National Laboratories has refined a process for developing inherently safer system designs, based on methods used by the Laboratories to design detonation safety into nuclear weapons. The process was created when the Laboratories realized that standard engineering practices did not provide the level of safety assurance necessary for nuclear weapon operations, with their potential for catastrophic accidents. A systematic approach, which relies on mutually supportive design principles integrated through fundamental physical principles, was developed to ensure a predictably safe system response under a variety of operational and accident based stresses. Robust, safe system designs result from this thematic approach to safety, minimizing the number of safety critical features. This safety assurance process has two profound benefits: the process avoids the need to understand or limit the ultimate intensity of off normal environments and it avoids the requirement to analyze and test a bewildering and virtually infinite array of accident environment scenarios (e.g., directional threats, sequencing of environments, time races, etc.) to demonstrate conformance to all safety requirements.

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OSTI as DE98001678

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  • 1998 American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) spring meeting, New Orleans, LA (United States), 8-12 Mar 1998

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  • Other: DE98001678
  • Report No.: SAND--97-3099C
  • Report No.: CONF-980318--
  • Grant Number: AC04-94AL85000
  • Office of Scientific & Technical Information Report Number: 292815
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc674898

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Ekman, M.E.; Werner, P.W.; Covan, J.M. & D`Antonio, P.E. A thematic approach to system safety, article, December 1, 1997; Albuquerque, New Mexico. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc674898/: accessed November 23, 2017), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Libraries Government Documents Department.