Reliability of Structures


 
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Reliability of Structures

This course introduces graduate students to concepts and applications of structural reliability.

Upon completion of this course, students will be able to compute:

first- and second-order estimates of failure probabilities of engineered systems,

compute sensitivities of failure probabilities to assumed parameter values,

measure the relative importance of the random variables associated with a system,

update reliability estimates based on new observational data,

identify the relative advantages and disadvantages of various analytical reliability methods(as well as Monte Carlo simulation),

use reliability tools to calibrate simplified building codes,

and perform reliability calculations related to performance-based engineering.

 

Textbook

The following resources may provide useful supplemental material:

Melchers, R. E. (1999). Structural reliability analysis and prediction, 2nd Ed., John Wiley, Chichester; New York.
 
Ranganathan, R., (1990). Reliability Analysis and Design of Structures, TATA McGrawhill, Delhi.
 
Ditlevsen, O., and Madsen, H. O. (2007). Structural Reliability Methods, Internet Edition 2.3.7, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester, UK. http://www.web.mek.dtu.dk/staff/od/books.htm
 
Madsen, H. O., Krenk, S., and Lind, N. C. (2006). Methods of structural safety, Dover Ed., Dover Publications, Mineola, NY.
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  • VEESD (28-30 August 2013)
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