Proving temporal properties of Petri nets

  • J. C. Bradfield
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 524)


We present a sound and complete tableau system for proving temporal properties of Petri nets, expressed in a propositional modal mucalculus which subsumes many other temporal logics. The system separates the checking of fix-points from the rest of the logic, which allows the use of powerful reasoning, perhaps specific to a class of nets or an individual net, to prove liveness and fairness properties. Examples are given to illustrate the use of the system. The proofs of soundness and completeness are given in detail.


Petri nets temporal logic tableau systems model-checking 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • J. C. Bradfield
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  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of EdinburghEdinburghU.K.

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