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Accession Number N20120015748
Title System Safety and the Unintended Consequence.
Publication Date Aug 2012
Media Count 20p
Personal Author C. Watson
Abstract The analysis and identification of risks often result in design changes or modification of operational steps. This paper identifies the potential of unintended consequences as an over-looked result of these changes. Examples of societal changes such as prohibition, regulatory changes including mandating lifeboats on passenger ships, and engineering proposals or design changes to automobiles and spaceflight hardware are used to demonstrate that the System Safety Engineer must be cognizant of the potential for unintended consequences as a result of an analysis. Conclusions of the report indicate the need for additional foresight and consideration of the potential effects of analysis-driven design, processing changes, and/or operational modifications.
Keywords Automobiles
Complex systems
Failure modes
Safety factors
Space flight
System failures
Systems engineering

Source Agency National Aeronautics and Space Administration
NTIS Subject Category 95E - Life Support Systems
Corporate Author National Aeronautics and Space Administration, Huntsville, AL. George C. Marshall Space Flight Center.
Document Type Conference proceedings
Title Note N/A
NTIS Issue Number 1314
Contract Number N/A

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