Structural Reliability Theory and Its Applications

  • Palle Thoft-Christensen
  • Michael J. Baker

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Michael J. Baker
    Pages 1-11
  3. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Michael J. Baker
    Pages 13-35
  4. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Michael J. Baker
    Pages 37-65
  5. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Michael J. Baker
    Pages 67-80
  6. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Michael J. Baker
    Pages 81-93
  7. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Michael J. Baker
    Pages 95-111
  8. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Michael J. Baker
    Pages 113-127
  9. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Michael J. Baker
    Pages 129-143
  10. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Michael J. Baker
    Pages 145-159
  11. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Michael J. Baker
    Pages 161-175
  12. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Michael J. Baker
    Pages 177-202
  13. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Michael J. Baker
    Pages 203-237
  14. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Michael J. Baker
    Pages 239-248
  15. Back Matter
    Pages 249-267

About this book

Introduction

Structural reliability theory is concerned with the rational treatment of uncertainties in struc­ tural engineering and with the methods for assessing the safety and serviceability of civil en­ gineering and other structures. It is a subject which has grown rapidly during the last decade and has evolved from being a topic for academic research to a set of well-developed or develop­ ing methodologies with a wide range of practical applications. Uncertainties exist in most areas of civil and structural engineeri'1.g and rational design decisions cannot be made without modelling them and taking them into account. Many structural en­ gineers are shielded from having to think about such problems, at least when designing simple structures, because of the prescriptive and essentially deterministic nature of most codes of practice. This is an undesirable situation. Most loads and other structural design parameters are rarely known with certainty and should be regarded as random variables or stochastic processes, even if in design calculations they are eventually treated as deterministic. Some problems such as the analysis of load combinations cannot even be formulated without recourse to probabilistic reasoning.

Keywords

Applications Bautechnik Reliability Structural Reliability Technische Zuverlässigkeit

Authors and affiliations

  • Palle Thoft-Christensen
    • 1
  • Michael J. Baker
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Building Technology and Structural EngineeringAalborg University CentreAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Civil EngineeringImperial College of Science and TechnologyLondonEngland

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-68697-9
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1982
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-68699-3
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-68697-9
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