Model checking as a protective method against spurious actuation of industrial control systems

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Abstract

A spurious actuation of an industrial Instrumentation and Control (I&C) system is a failure mode where a system component inadvertently performs a function without a justified reason to do so. Design issues leading to such failures are very difficult to analyze, but pose a high risk for safety. Model checking is a formal verification method, that can enable—through exhaustive analysis against stated properties - 100% coverage against spurious actuation scenarios, as well. In this paper, we introduce a modeling approach for the verification of I&C system application logic design. We then discuss the verification of properties related to spurious actuation, in particular. Finally, we present data collected from customer projects VTT has carried out in the Finnish nuclear industry. About 37% of the design issues we have identified are related to spurious actuation, proving that model checking can effectively be used as a protective method against such scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSafety and Reliability
Subtitle of host publicationTheory and Applications
EditorsMarko Cepin, Radim Briš
PublisherCRC Press
Pages3189-3196
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)978-1-351-80973-3
ISBN (Print)978-1-138-62937-0
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
MoE publication typeNot Eligible
Event27th European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2017 - Portoroz, Slovenia
Duration: 18 Jun 201722 Jun 2017

Conference

Conference27th European Safety and Reliability Conference, ESREL 2017
Abbreviated titleESREL 2017
CountrySlovenia
CityPortoroz
Period18/06/1722/06/17

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