Application of Structural Systems Reliability Theory

  • Palle Thoft-Christensen
  • Yoshisada Murotsu

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Yoshisada Murotsu
    Pages 1-29
  3. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Yoshisada Murotsu
    Pages 31-58
  4. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Yoshisada Murotsu
    Pages 59-78
  5. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Yoshisada Murotsu
    Pages 79-95
  6. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Yoshisada Murotsu
    Pages 97-141
  7. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Yoshisada Murotsu
    Pages 143-214
  8. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Yoshisada Murotsu
    Pages 215-265
  9. Palle Thoft-Christensen, Yoshisada Murotsu
    Pages 267-337
  10. Back Matter
    Pages 338-343

About this book

Introduction

During the last two decades more and more universities offer courses on modern structural reliability theory. A course on structural reliability theory is now a natural part of the curri­ culum for mechanical and structural engineering students. As a result of this, a number of textbooks have been published in this decade. In PlOst of these books it is shown how the reliability of single structural members can be evaluated in a rational way. The methods used are usually so-called level 2 methods, i. e. methods involving certain approximate iter­ ative calculations to obtain an approximate value of the probability of failure of the struc­ tural members. In these methods the joint probability distribution of relevant variables (re­ sistance variables, loads, etc. ) is simplified and the failure criteria are idealized in such a way that the reliability calculations can be performed without an unreasonable amount of work. In spite of the approximations and idealizations made it is believed that a rational treatment of uncertainties in structural engineering can be obtained by level 2 methods. Usually, in­ sufficient data are at hand to make a more advanced estimate of the reliability of a struc­ tural member. It has been recognized for many years that a fully satisfactory estimate of the reliability of a structure must be based on a systems approach. In some situations it is sufficient to estimate the reliability of the individual structural members of a structural system.

Keywords

Fundament distribution engine probability reliability structural engineering structure

Authors and affiliations

  • Palle Thoft-Christensen
    • 1
  • Yoshisada Murotsu
    • 2
  1. 1.Institute of Building Technology and Structural EngineeringUniversity of AalborgAalborgDenmark
  2. 2.Department of Aeronautical EngineeringUniversity of Osaka PrefectureSakai, Osaka 591Japan

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-82764-8
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-642-82766-2
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-82764-8
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