By a News Reporter-Staff News Editor at Journal of Engineering -- Current study results on Reliability Engineering have been published. According to news reporting originating in Ciudad Real, Spain, by VerticalNews journalists, research stated, "In the past 20 years, the need of ports to serve a fleet whose dimensions are continuously increasing due to economies of scale, has derived on a port infrastructures growth with a trend to look for greater drafts at deeper waters and therefore the protection structures built in the last years have been increasingly exposed to severer maritime climate action. Consequently, overtopping phenomenon has been identified as a potential risk factor able to cause structural damages and operative failure modes to vulnerable economic activities located at these port facilities."
The news reporters obtained a quote from the research from Castilla La Mancha University, "Port activities must be developed ensuring operative and safety conditions what imply reducing uncertainties of overtopping phenomena by using prediction methods which may allow overtopping risk management. This paper provides a risk assessment methodology which is integrated into an overtopping risk management framework to cope with safety problems in port exploitation. Overtopping risk value is measured by combining probability of occurrence of an undesirable event together with its consequences, estimated in terms of costs or delays and given in base of the vulnerability of the affected port system."
According to the news reporters, the research concluded: "The development of this methodology is described and finally applied to a real case study what seems to reinforce the validity of the proposed method to overtopping risk assessment."
For more information on this research see: Overtopping hazards to port activities: Application of a new methodology to risk management (POrt Risk MAnagement Tool). Reliability Engineering & System Safety, 2014;123():8-20. Reliability Engineering & System Safety can be contacted at: Elsevier Sci Ltd, The Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford OX5 1GB, Oxon, England. (Elsevier - www.elsevier.com; Reliability Engineering & System Safety - www.elsevier.com/wps/product/cws_home/405908)
Our news correspondents report that additional information may be obtained by contacting A. Alises, Castilla La Mancha University, E-13071 Ciudad Real, Spain. Additional authors for this research include R. Molina, R. Gomez, P. Pery and C. Castillo.
Keywords for this news article include: Spain, Europe, Ciudad Real, Reliability Engineering
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