General tab of the Fault Tree Node Definition dialog

General tab of the Fault Tree Node Definition dialog

You edit the name, annotation and comments for nodes on the General tab of the Fault Tree Node Definition dialog.


Long: The long name for a node can be used to provide more description of the meaning of the node. DPL Fault Tree creates a variable name for the node based on the long name. If you refer to the node in an expression, the variable name must be used for the node. The long name shows up in other results involving the node. The long name is optional. DPL Fault Tree will use the short name in lieu of a long name if no long name is defined.

Short: The short name for the node is an abbreviated name for the node. The short name is restricted to fit inside the node and is used to display the node in the fault tree window. Depending on the font, approximately 8 characters will be displayed. A short name is required for all basic events and for a gate if it is the top level node or will be used as a reference. If you do not specify a short name and you specify a long name, DPL will create a short name based on the long name.

Annotation: Text entered here appears in the fault tree in a box above the node. This is useful for making the logic of the tree more transparent but it also increases the viewing size of the tree significantly. Annotations are optional. You can control whether to display annotations and the width and number of lines for them via the ribbon.


Optionally, enter comments to document further information about the node. Comments will not appear in the fault tree. The comment for a node appears in a tool tip when the mouse cursor is placed over the node (VIEW | Tips must be on).

Versions: DPL Fault Tree

See Also

Entering Probability and Cost Data

Report Node Information to the Log

Time Series

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