Advanced techniques and software tools for Reliability and Risk Analysis

The central focus of the research activity is on the development of new techniques for RAMS and Risk Analysis.

A strong contribution was given in the framework of the DYLAM and STARS Projects in collaboration with the Joint Research Centre of EU with the study of algorithms for the automatic construction of Fault Trees, the implementation of advanced tools for reliability and safety studies.

More recently the contribution to two National Research Projects (PRIN) led to the investigation of uncertainties in risk analysis.


Zio E, Di Maio F, Berteletti N, Carpignano A., Ganci F (2008). Analisi delle incertezze nella modellazione di un impianto di distribuzione di idrogeno per autotrazione.In: VGR 2008. Pisa, Ottobre 2008, Pisa: Università di Pisa

Caira M., Carcassi M., Carpignano A., Castiglia F., Zio E. (2004). Le Incertezze nelle Analisi di Rischio. Valutazione e gestione del rischio negli insediamenti civili e industriali (VGR2004), 2004, Pisa, Italy

J.P. Nordvik, M. Atkinson, A. Carpignano, Advances With Stars: Application To Safety Problems, Proceedings of the Fourth International Workshop on Functional Modeling of Complex Technical Systems,Athens, Greece, May 19-20, 1996. Centre of Reliability Engineering Univ. Maryland, 1997, ISBN 0-9652669-3-1.

Carpignano A., Poucet A., Computer Assisted Fault Tree Construction: a review of methods and concerns, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, Vol. 44, pp. 265-278, Elsevier Science Publishers, Oxford, 1994.

Nordvik J. P.,  Dehn M., Carpignano A., Application and Verification of STARS Methodology on a Nuclear Case-Study, Transactions of the American Nuclear Society, vol. 70, pp. 230-231, American Nuclear Society Inc., La Grange Park, 1994.

Cacciabue P. C., Carpignano A., Vivalda C., A Dynamic Reliability Technique for Error Assessment in Man-Machine Systems, International Journal of Man Machine Studies, vol. 38 n. 3, pp. 403-428, Academic Press Limited, New York, 1993.

Cacciabue P. C., Carpignano A., Vivalda C., Expanding the scope of DYLAM methodology to study the dynamic reliability of complex systems: the case of Chemical and Volume Control in nuclear power plants, Reliability Engineering and System Safety, vol. 36, pp. 127-136, Elsevier Science Publishers, Oxford, 1992.