Fault Tree Generation and Augmentation

Award Information
Agency:
National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Branch
n/a
Amount:
$125,000.00
Award Year:
2013
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
NNX13CP37P
Agency Tracking Number:
125481
Solicitation Year:
2012
Solicitation Topic Code:
S5.05
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
WW Technology Group
MD, Ellicott City, MD, 21042-5949
Hubzone Owned:
N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
868155110
Principal Investigator:
Ann Tai
Principal Investigator/MTS
(310) 439-1695
tai@wwtechgroup.com
Business Contact:
Chris Walter
Business Official
(410) 418-4353
cwalter@wwtechnology.com
Research Institution:
Stub




Abstract
Fault Management (FM) is one of the key components of system autonomy. In order to guarantee FM effectiveness and control the cost, tools are required to automate fault-tree generation and updates based on design models specified in standardized design languages such as AADL. Accordingly, we propose a fault tree generation and augmentation environment (FTGA). Equipped by a fault class model and an FM method catalog, FTGA evaluates not only failure behavior in the application under analysis but also FM's capability and adequacy for failure mitigation. Moreover, when an inadequacy in FM is revealed during fault tree generation or analysis, the fault tree will be allowed for augmentation through FM method insertion and be followed by a quantitative evaluation for FM effectiveness validation. Therefore, unlike traditional fault tree analysis which plays a passive role in FM, the automated FTGA environment actively and explicitly influence system design and updates, enabling "fault-tree-in-the-loop" for a system's life cycle. Further, by separating its generic functions (which we collectively call "shared package") from design-language-specific functions (which we collectively call "interface package"), FTGA will be an extensible modeling environment. The anticipated results from the Phase I project will be a preliminary prototype of FTGA and a demonstration for concept validation.

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