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A Train Set as a Case Study for the Requirements Analysis of Safety-Critical Systems

Lookup NU author(s): Dr Rogerio De Lemos, Dr Amer Saeed, Emeritus Professor Tom Anderson



Requirements analysis plays a vital role in the development of safety-critical systems since any faults in the requirements specification will corrupt the subsequent stages of system development. Experience in safety-critical systems has shown that faults in the requirements can and do cause disasters. The analysis of the safety requirements of a train set system is discussed in terms of a general framework for the requirements analysis of safety-critical systems. This framework is based on the clear separation of the mission and safety issues, and also on the separation of the analysis, into two phases, to be performed in terms of the properties of the real world, i.e. physical laws and rules of operation, and the properties of the system, i.e. the mapping of the real world properties in terms of the system sensors and actuators. Due to the different expressi ve needs of the two phases we propose the utilization of different formal models, respectively, a logical formalism (timed history logic) and a net formalism (predicate-transition nets).

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Author(s): de Lemos R, Saeed A, Anderson T

Publication type: Report

Publication status: Published

Series Title: Computing Laboratory Technical Report Series

Year: 1991

Pages: 28

Print publication date: 01/11/1991

Source Publication Date: November 1991

Report Number: 361

Institution: Computing Laboratory, University of Newcastle upon Tyne

Place Published: Newcastle upon Tyne