The Safety Critical Systems Handbook-A Straightforward Guide to Functional Safety, IEC 61508 (2010 Edition) and Related Standards, Third Edition

  • 3h 43m
  • David J. Smith, Kenneth G. L. Simpson
  • Elsevier Science and Technology Books, Inc.
  • 2011

Electrical, electronic and programmable electronic systems increasingly carry out safety functions to guard workers and the public against injury or death and the environment against pollution. The international functional safety standard IEC 61508 was revised in 2010 and this is the first comprehensive guide available to the revised standard.

As Functional Safety is applicable to many industries, this book will have a wide readership beyond the chemical and process sector, including oil and gas, power generation, nuclear, aircraft, and automotive industries, plus project, instrumentation, design, and control engineers

  • The only comprehensive guide to IEC 61508, updated to cover the 2010 amendments, that will ensure engineers are compliant with the latest process safety systems design and operation standards
  • Helps readers understand the process required to apply safety critical systems standards
  • Real world approach helps users to interpret the standard, with case studies and best practice design examples throughout

About the Authors

Dr. David J Smith BSc, PhD, CEng, FIEE, HonFSaRS, FIQA, MIGasE, has been directly concerned with reliability, safety and software quality for 30 years. He has written a number of books on the subject as well as numerous papers. His PhD thesis was on the subject of reliability prediction accuracy and common cause failure. He chairs the IGasE panel which develops its guidelines on safety-related systems (now in its third edition). He has also made contributions to IEC 61508.

Kenneth G. L. Simpson, MPhil, FIEE, FInstMC, MIGasE, has been associated with safety-related systems design and also with their assessment for 25 years. He is a member of the IEC61508 drafting committee and also of the I Gas E panel which writes the gas industry guidance. Following a career in aerospace, Ken has spent 20 years in the control system industry and is a Director of Silvertech International plc, a leading designer of safety and control systems. He has written a number of papers on the topic and gives frequent talks.

In this Book

  • A Quick Overview
  • The 2010 Version of IEC 61508
  • The Meaning and Context of Safety Integrity Targets
  • Meeting IEC 61508 Part 1
  • Meeting IEC 61508 Part 2
  • Meeting IEC 61508 Part 3
  • Reliability Modeling Techniques
  • Failure Rate and Mode Data
  • Demonstrating and Certifying Conformance
  • Second-Tier Documents — Process, Oil and Gas Industries
  • Machinery Sector
  • Other Industry Sectors
  • Pressure Control System (Exercise)
  • Burner Control Assessment (Example)
  • SIL Targeting — Some Practical Examples
  • Hypothetical Rail Train Braking System (Example)
  • Rotorcraft Accidents and Risk Assessment
  • Hydro-Electric Dam and Tidal Gates


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