The activities of the Electronics and Measurement Research Group concern different subjects involving Analog and Digital Electronics, Electrical Engineering, Electronic Measurement, Reliability, Applied Mathematics, and, for the electrochemical sensors analysis and development, Physics and Chemistry.

The research is focused in the solution of problems involving different and linked aspects of both reliability and safety. The unit has worked on both theoretical and practical problems providing solutions applicable to different contexts.

In particular the following can be cited:

  1. Reliability and safety studies connected to Railway applications;
  2. Advanced availability modelling of Oil and Gas Plants;
  3. Maintainability and Fault identification on complex systems.

Detailed Research Activities

The research activities focus on the following topics:

  • The reliability and design for safety of specific instruments has been conducted according to the IEC61508 and connected Standards with reference to electrical and electronics and programmable electronics devices;
  • IEC 61511 standards have been applied to practical cases of the Oil and gas industry
  • Theoretical modelling of complex reliable and available systems have been formulated through Markov chains and Petri nets;
  • Formulation of reliability modelling through Blocksim software has been extensively conducted exploiting several available database (MIL HDBK 271 F, Italtel, OREDA, BellCore etc…).
  • EN 50126, EN50128, EN50129 reliability and availability modelling exploited to solve and model railway based design.

IEEE keywords

Reliability, Design for Safety, Availability, Fault Identification, Diagnosis, Prognostics, Design for Maintainability.

ERC keywords

PE1_13 Probability and statistics PE7_2 Electrical and electronic engineering: semiconductors, components, systems PE8_6 Energy systems (production, distribution, application)

Selected Publications

  • ADA FORT, MARCO MUGNAINI, VALERIO VIGNOLI, VITTORIO GAGGII, MORENO PIERALLI Fault tolerant design of a field data modular readout architecture for railway applications Reliability Engineering & System Safety Volume 142, October 2015, Pages 456–462
  • FORT, A., MUGNAINI, M., VIGNOLI, V. Hidden Markov Models approach used for life parameters estimations 2015 Reliability Engineering and System Safety 136, pp. 85-91
  • ALIPPI C, CATELANI M, A. FORT, MUGNAINI M (2005). Automated selection of test frequencies for fault diagnosis in analog electronic circuits. IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INSTRUMENTATION AND MEASUREMENT, vol. 54, p. 1033-1044, ISSN: 0018-9456, doi: 10.1109/TIM.2005.847115
  • G. CESCHINI, M. MUGNAINI, A. MASI (2002). A reliability study for a submarine compression application. MICROELECTRONICS RELIABILITY, vol. 42, p. 1377-1380, ISSN: 0026-2714
  • M. MUGNAINI, M .CATELANI, G. CESCHINI, A. MASI, F. NOCENTINI (2002). Pseudo Time-Variant parameters in centrifugal compressor availability studies by means of Markov models. MICROELECTRONICS RELIABILITY, vol. 42, p. 1373-1376, ISSN: 0026-2714
  • ALIPPI C, CATELANI M, FORT A, MUGNAINI M (2002). SBT soft fault diagnosis in analog electronic circuits: a sensitivity-based approach by randomized algorithms . IEEE TRANSACTIONS ON INSTRUMENTATION AND MEASUREMENT, vol. 51, p. 1116-1125, ISSN: 0018-9456, doi: 10.1109/TIM.2002.806004
  • M. CATELANI, M. MUGNAINI, R. SINGUAROLI (2000). Effects of test sequences on the degradation analysis in high speed connectors. MICROELECTRONICS RELIABILITY, vol. 40, p. 1461-1465, ISSN: 0026-2714
  • ADDABBO, T., FORT, A., MUGNAINI, M., VIGNOLI, V. Gas turbine sensor loop availability driven fall back strategies design 2015 Conference Record - IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference
  • ADDABBO, T., BIXIO, G., FORT, A., (...), VIGNOLI, V., VIGNI, F. High performance liquid chromatography LCC analysis 2015 Conference Record - IEEE Instrumentation and Measurement Technology Conference 2015- July, 7151397, pp. 945-950
  • ADDABBO, T., CORDOVANI, O., FORT, A., (...), VIGNOLI, V., ROCCHI, S. Gas turbine thermoelements availability analysis 2015 Lecture Notes in Electrical Engineering 319, pp. 387-391
  • ADDABBO, T., BERTOCCI, F., FORT, A., (...), MUGNAINI M., ROCCHI, S., SHAHIN, L. HMM used for component parameters apportionment 2014 IEEE 11th International Multi-Conference on Systems, Signals and Devices, SSD 2014 6808818
  • ADDABBO, T., CORDOVANI, O., FORT, A., MUGNAINI, M., VIGNOLI, V. Exhaust thermoelements redundant strategy to improve temperature reading reliability and serviceability 2014 SMARTGREENS 2014 - Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Smart Grids and Green IT Systems pp. 96-100
  • ADA FORT, FRANCESCO BERTOCCI, MARCO MUGNAINI, VALERIO VIGNOLI, VITTORIO GAGGII, ALESSANDRO GALASSO, MORENO PIERALLI (2013). Availability Modeling of A Safe Communication System for Rolling Stock Applications. In: I2MTC 2013 CONFERENCE PROCEEDINGS - IEEE INSTRUMENTATION/MEASUREMENT TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE, vol. 1, p. 427-430, ISBN: 9781467346214, ISSN: 1091-5281, Minneapolis, MN , 6-9 May 2013 , doi: 10.1109/I2MTC.2013.6555453