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SILcet – Tool for SIL Verification

SILcet tool helps you in calculations and SIL verification tasks of Safety Instrumented Functions (SIF).

  • Both the SILcet tool and the training course have been developed following the recommendations of the IEC-61508 and IEC-61511 Standards for safety functions in the process industry.
  • SILcet is an Excel workbook that uses formulas and macros in Visual Basic.
  • The technical requirements for the use of SILcet are the following: Windows 7, 8, 10 and Excel (version 2010 or later).
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What is it for?

  • For calculating the average probability of failure on demand (PFDavg) and the probability of failure per hour (PFH) of the Safety Instrumented Function (SIF), as well as the MTTFS (Mean Time To Fail Spuriously).
  • Calculates the SIL (Safety Integrity Level) of the SIF taking into account the three requirements contemplated in IEC-61508 / IEC-61511 Standards (systematic capability, probability of failure and architectural constraints).
  • The architectural constraints table can be selected according to Route 1H (IEC 61508) or Route 2H (IEC 61511).
  • In addition to the SENSOR, LOGIC SOLVER and ACTUATOR subsystems, a fourth subsystem can be added to include in the calculation any other concept (human errors, power system, etc.).

What types of architectures can we use?

  • It allows selecting different architectures for each of the subsystems of the SIF.
  • Low Demand Mode (PFDavg): 1oo1, 1oo2, 2oo2, 2oo3, 2oo4, 1oo2D, 2oo4D, 1oo3, 1oo4, 1oo5, 3oo3, 4oo4, 5oo5, 3oo4, 3oo5, 4oo5, 2oo (1oo2), 1oo (2oo2), Nx1oo2, and MooN (for less usual architectures).
  • High Demand Mode (PFH): 1oo1, 1oo2, 2oo2, 2oo3, 1oo2D, 2oo4D, 1oo3, 3oo3, 4oo4, MooM.
  • It allows to calculate complex configurations combining several groups of architectures.

What parameters do we need?

  • Failure rates of each SIF element (SD, SU, DD, DU), type of element (A or B) and systematic capability.
  • Cpt (“Coverage of proof tests”), Test Interval (TI), Life Time (LT), Beta Factor for common cause failures, MTTRdd (Mean Time To Restore dangerous detected failures), Start-up Time (Start- up), and selection of how to act in case of a detected dangerous failure (process trip).
  • It allows entering previously calculated values of PFDavg, PFH and MTTFS.
  • Optionally, the calculation of the β factor can be performed for common cause failures according to one of the methodologies recommended in IEC-61508.
  • It allows you to enter the cost of each component to compare the cost of different design alternatives of the SIF.
  • It allows adding other terms that affect the value of PFD and MTTFS, such as when using bypasses.
  • Option: Multiplying factors on the calculation parameters to quantify the effectiveness of SIS maintenance.

User Database

  • The user can create a database with the elements used in the project that include the failure rates, the type of element, the cost, the systematic capability, etc.
  • There are 4 databases for the elements of the SENSOR, LOGIC SOLVER, ACTUATOR and OTHERS subsystems.

Comparison of Safety Instrumented Functions

  • Comparison of SIL calculations of different SIF designs.
  • Function to perform a rapid test of the sensitivity of the SIF by modifying the main parameters (the macro calculates 12 variants of the same SIF by modifying the TI, Cpt and DU / DD parameters).
  • Macro to generate up to 10 lists of the selected SIFs in order to compare different configurations, for example by introducing different correction factors of the main parameters (failure rates, Cpt, TI, LT, Beta, MTTRdd, Start-up Time).

Report generation

  • It allows to generate two types of reports of up to 70 SIFs (project safetyfunctions). With the same license it is possible to use and save an unlimited number of Excel files, one per project or unit (70 SIFs per file).
  • Option to show in the reports the logical diagram of the architecture of each SIF (download sample report).
  • The tool is in English and the reports can be configured in any language.

Other options

  • Calculation of PFDavg when functional tests are performed “online” without stopping the process (example: Partial Valve Stroke Test every 30 days without process shutdown, and Full Valve Stroke Test every 4 years during plant overhaul). The formulas are based on the technical document ISA TR84.00.03.
  • SIL Calculator: easy-to-use option to calculate SIL and MTTFS with 19 architectures and 4 subsystems (sensor, logic solver, 2 x actuator).

What`s the best option SILcet or exSILentia?

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