Reliability of Randomly Excited Hysteretic Structures

  • B. F. SpencerJr.
Conference proceedings

Part of the Lecture Notes in Engineering book series (LNENG, volume 21)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XIII
  2. B. F. Spencer Jr.
    Pages 1-12
  3. B. F. Spencer Jr.
    Pages 13-34
  4. B. F. Spencer Jr.
    Pages 35-76
  5. B. F. Spencer Jr.
    Pages 77-93
  6. B. F. Spencer Jr.
    Pages 105-108
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 109-142

About these proceedings


A. GENERAL REMARKS During the last century, probabilistic methods for design and analysis of engineering systems have assumed a prominent place as an engineering tool. No longer do engineers naively believe that all problems can be analyzed with deterministic methods; but rather, it has been recognized that, due to unc- tainties in the model and the excitation, it may only be possible to describe the state of a system in terms of some random measure. Thus, with the need to address safety and design issues adequately and simultaneously to minimize the cost of a system, much attention has been given to the development of probabilistic criteria which can be applied in a systematic manner [l]t. These techniques allow for uncertainties in the parameters of the model as well as for uncertainties in both the static and dynamic loadings to be considered and therefore give a better measure of the reliability of a system. Widespread application of probabilistic methods can be found in disciplines ranging from civil, mechanical and electrical engineering to biology, economics and political science.


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Authors and affiliations

  • B. F. SpencerJr.
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of Notre DameNotre DameUSA

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1986
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-3-540-16863-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-642-82863-8
  • Series Print ISSN 0176-5035
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