What a near miss flooding incident at a French nuclear plant in 1999 and the Fukushima 2012 disaster can tell us about fault tolerance and designing for reactor safety
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How do ya do and shake hands, shake hands, shake hands. How do ya do and shake hands and state your name and business…
Lewis Carrol, Through the Looking Glass
You would have thought after the Leveson and Knight experiments that the theory that independently written software would only contain independent faults was dead and buried, another beautiful theory shot down by hard cold fact. But unfortunately like many great errors the theory of n-versioning keeps on keeping on (1).
I’ve just finished reading the ATSB’s second interim report on the the QF 72 in flight upset that resulted in two uncommaned pitch over events (1). In this accident one of the Air Data Inertial Reference Units (ADIRU) provided erroneous data in the form of transient spikes vales of the angle of attack AoA parameter to the flight control computers which then initiated two un-commanded extreme pitch overs.