Navigation Links
New approach needed to prevent major 'systemic failures'
Date:1/31/2011

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Purdue University researcher is proposing development of a new cross-disciplinary approach for analyzing and preventing systemic failures in complex systems that play a role in calamities ranging from huge power blackouts to the BP Deepwater Horizon disaster and the subprime mortgage crisis.

"The striking similarities in such catastrophes necessitates a broader perspective to better understand such failures," said Venkat Venkatasubramanian, a professor of chemical engineering. "In the history of systemic failures, a few disasters have served as wake-up calls. The Flixborough chemical plant accident in the United Kingdom in 1974, where a Nypro UK plant explosion killed 26 people, was one such call."

Other such major catastrophes, he said, include a 1984 Union Carbide accident in Bhopal, India, which killed more than 2,000 and injured more than 100,000, and the 1988 failure of an oil platform operated by Occidental Petroleum in the North Sea, which resulted in 167 deaths and about $2 billion in losses.

"Such systemic failures are not limited to the chemical and petrochemical industries," Venkatasubramanian said. "The Northeast electrical power blackout in 2003 and a recent massive recall of drug products are both systemic failures. Financial disasters such as Enron, WorldCom, the subprime mortgage derivatives crisis and the Madoff Ponzi scam also belong to the same class."

The need for a new cross-disciplinary framework to address such systemic failures was introduced in an article appearing in the January 2011 issue of the AIChE Journal.

"We must study all disasters from a common systems engineering perspective so that one can thoroughly understand the commonalities as well as the differences in order to better design and control such systems in the future," Venkatasubramanian said. "There is an important role for universities here, as well, in creating and disseminating knowledge
'/>"/>

Contact: Emil Venere
venere@purdue.edu
765-494-4709
Purdue University
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related biology news :

1. Evolution: A Developmental Approach
2. Wheat resistance genes failing, new approach needed to stop flies
3. Study of nutrition, Alzheimers links hampered by research approach
4. SomaLogic researchers describe revolutionary new approach to protein analysis and application to early diagnosis of lung cancer
5. Symposium in Vietnam to discuss integrated approach to defeating diarrheal disease
6. Scientists describe new approach for identifying genetic markers for common diseases
7. New approaches to skin cancer prevention
8. New approach to underweight COPD patients
9. Climate change forcing a move it or lose it approach to species conservation?
10. RD114 envelope proteins provide an effective and versatile approach to pseudotype lentiviral vectors
11. Simple approach could clean up oil remaining from Exxon Valdez spill
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:1/22/2015)... Jan. 13, 2015  Today, FreeWavz ( www.FreeWavz.com ), ... crowdfunding campaign on Fundable, https://www.fundable.com/freewavz . FreeWavz ... production capacity to meet customer demand. ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20150113/168790 Invented by ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 2015  BellBrook Labs, a leader in high throughput ... of a TR-FRET (time resolved Forster resonance energy ... a high throughput screening assay for glycosyltransferases and ... for sensitive detection of hundreds of human and ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... Inc. (NASDAQ: NXTD and NXTDW) a biometric authentication company ... of the Wocket™ smart wallet at CES 2015 in Las ... one of the "11 Hot Products at CES" in a review published ... Far" by Newseveryday.com and "The top 10 gadgets from CES 2015" by ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):FreeWavz Launches on Fundable to Drive Speed-to-Market in 2015 2BellBrook Labs Launches a High Throughput Screening Assay for Glycosyltransferases with TR-FRET Readout 2CES Response for NXT-ID's Wocket Smart Wallet Kicks Off 2015 2CES Response for NXT-ID's Wocket Smart Wallet Kicks Off 2015 3
... turfgrass has become increasingly restricted due to environmental ... and industrial consumption; and contamination of potable water ... need to identify promising water conservation strategies and ... In their ongoing search for ways to improve ...
... Washington, D.C. -- Disease statistics buried within patient ... and organized to depict geographic patterns, allowing the discovery ... Penn State geographer. "The use of interactive maps ... to greater insight into complex events like the spread ...
... The ELCC Press Program will feature new study ... (embargoed to time of their presentation at ELCC): ... Pemetrexed plus cisplatin with radiation in patients with locally ... therapeutic combination, Screening for lung cancer in organ transplant ...
Cached Biology News:Common PGR helps creeping bentgrass weather drought 2Visualization of geographic patterns may predict spread of disease 22nd European Lung Cancer Conference 22nd European Lung Cancer Conference 3
(Date:1/22/2015)... California (PRWEB) January 22, 2015 Pipette.com ... Offer to their comprehensive portfolio of Eppendorf products. ... customers to purchase a Centrifuge 5424/5424 R and receive ... of either Eppendorf Research plus or Eppendorf Reference 2 ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 2015 Diagenode, Inc., a leading ... Bioruptor® and complete solutions for epigenetics research, recently ... alleviating the need for manual processing. The new ... ChIP of histones or transcription factors and a ...
(Date:1/22/2015)... 2015  Derma Sciences, Inc. (Nasdaq: DSCI ... wound care, announces that AMNIOEXCEL® and AMNIOMATRIX®, amniotic ... to the Premier, Inc. Regenerative Skin Grafting contract ... AMNIOEXCEL® and AMNIOMATRIX® product lines, which continue to ...
(Date:12/24/2014)... Solutions , Inc. (NASDAQ: BLFS ), a leading ... storage and cryopreservation freeze media and ... or the "Company"), today announced that it will hold its ... "Annual Meeting"). Because the expected date for the ...
Breaking Biology Technology:Eppendorf Announces Promotional Bundle Which Includes: Eppendorf Centrifuge 5424, 3-Pack of Pipettes, and Tips - Available Now at Pipette.com 2Diagenode Launches Unique Semi-Automated Solution for Chromatin Immunoprecipitation 2Derma Sciences Expands Access of its AMNIOTIC TISSUE Product Line with New Premier, Inc. Agreement 2Derma Sciences Expands Access of its AMNIOTIC TISSUE Product Line with New Premier, Inc. Agreement 3Derma Sciences Expands Access of its AMNIOTIC TISSUE Product Line with New Premier, Inc. Agreement 4Derma Sciences Expands Access of its AMNIOTIC TISSUE Product Line with New Premier, Inc. Agreement 5BioLife Solutions Sets Date for Annual Meeting of Stockholders 2
... PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 24 Vivo Ventures, a ... that,James Huang will join the firm as an Executive ... Mr. Huang will,work with Vivo,s portfolio companies while enhancing ... James coming on board and what he will be ...
... 24 Cell Therapeutics,Inc. (CTI) (Nasdaq and ... 19th annual AACR-NCI-EORTC Symposium show its bis-platinate ... to currently,marketed platinum agents carboplatin, cisplatin and ... in late 2008. "Bis-platinates represent a ...
... is available in German . , Hydrogen fuel ... have so far suffered from being insufficiently competitive. At the ... Strasser has now developed a new class of electrocatalyst that ... active phase of the catalyst consists of nanoparticles with a ...
Cached Biology Technology:Vivo Ventures Expands Team with the Addition of James Huang as an Executive in Residence 2First New Class of Platinum-Based Chemotherapy Drug Candidates in 30 Years Demonstrate Ability to Kill Tumors Resistant to Currently Marketed Platinum Drugs 2First New Class of Platinum-Based Chemotherapy Drug Candidates in 30 Years Demonstrate Ability to Kill Tumors Resistant to Currently Marketed Platinum Drugs 3Platinum-rich shell, platinum-poor core 2
VEGF Receptor-2, phospho-specific (Tyr996)...
For the differentiation of mouse embryonic stem cells tooligodendrocytes....
Preadipocyte factor-1 [Pref-1, DLK-1], C-terminal...
IC50: 35 ng/ml · Limit of detection: 8 ng/ml...
Biology Products: