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Journal of Industrial Engineering
Volume 2013 (2013), Article ID 767914, 10 pages
Research Article

Sequential Failure Analysis Using Novel Algorithms in Sequence Determination of Petri Nets Firing

Department of Industrial Engineering, Isfahan University of Technology, Isfahan 84156, Iran

Received 31 October 2012; Accepted 10 January 2013

Academic Editor: Josefa Mula

Copyright © 2013 Abolfazl Doostparast Torshizi et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


Failure occurrence in industrial systems can be a result of a sequence of failures leading to a total system failure. Up to now, several methods to determine failure sequences and to calculate probability of such failures have been proposed. These methods primarily focus on modeling aspects of the problem and do not present a certain framework to determine potential failure sequences. In this paper, a novel approach based on Petri net modeling of the systems is proposed and several heuristic algorithms are developed. Determination of potential failures in sample industrial problems and comparing the results with other existing methods demonstrates that the presented algorithms are much more efficient in dealing with complex Petri net models while existing methods are not capable of handling such complicated models.