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Validity of the Use of Generic Failure Frequencies in a QRA

[+] Author Affiliations
Herlinde I. Beerens, P. A. M. Uijt de Haag, J. G. Post, B. J. M. Ale

National Institute for Public Health and the Environment, Bilthoven, The Netherlands

Paper No. IMECE2003-43444, pp. 81-85; 5 pages
  • ASME 2003 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition
  • Engineering/Technology Management: Safety Engineering and Risk Analysis, Technology and Society, Engineering Business Management, and Homeland Security
  • Washington, DC, USA, November 15–21, 2003
  • Conference Sponsors: Engineering and Technology Management Group
  • ISBN: 0-7918-3728-9 | eISBN: 0-7918-4663-6, 0-7918-4664-4, 0-7918-4665-2
  • Copyright © 2003 by ASME


In QRA calculations the frequency of an accident scenario is assessed by a generic failure frequency approach, defined in the Dutch Purple Book. In this paper we will examine the origin of certain failure frequencies in the Purple Book. The credibility and validity of the failure frequencies are reviewed here by means of a literature search. A study to revise and update these failure frequencies has been initiated.

Copyright © 2003 by ASME
Topics: Failure



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