The Cat Methodology for Fault Tree Construction

  • Steven L. Salem
  • George Apostolakis


This paper presents a methodology for the systematic construction of fault trees based on decision tables. The presentation is made through an example. The modeling capability of decision tables is demonstrated and the construction of a fault tree from the decision tables is shown in a step by step fashion.


Normal Output Decision Table Fault Tree Electric Power Research Institute Normal Input 
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© Plenum Press, New York 1980

Authors and Affiliations

  • Steven L. Salem
    • 1
  • George Apostolakis
    • 2
  1. 1.The Rand CorporationSanta MonicaUSA
  2. 2.University of CaliforniaLos AngelesUSA

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