Acronyms & Terms Glossary

Safety Integrity Level (SIL) Calculations

A calculation performed to determine the Probability of Failure on Demand (PFD) of a required SIF. SIL calcs are based on failure rate data for the SIF components (i.e., sensors, logic solvers, and control elements) and accounts for factors such as test frequency, redundancy, voting arrangements, etc. The Risk Reduction Factor (RRF) is simply the inverse of PFD (RRF = 1/PFD) and is used to establish the associated SIL rating required to reduce the hazard risk to an acceptable risk tolerance level.

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