Principal Definitions of Reliability

  • Sergei V. Petinov
Part of the Solid Mechanics and Its Applications book series (SMIA, volume 251)


The principal definitions of the in-service reliability of structures are briefly described, such as operational life, intended life, residual life, etc. The causes of structural failures, encircling incomplete knowledge of the service loading, materials properties, approximations in analyses, effects of production and revelations of the so-called “human factor” are indicated. An emphasis is made on the probabilistic considerations in evaluation of intended life of structures in design and of residual life at inspections and when the indication of the damage process are observed. The current concepts of reliable design are briefly discussed.


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    Bolotin VV (1984) Prognosirovanie resursa mashin i konstrukziy (Life prediction of structures and machine components) Mashinostroenie Pubs, Moscow, p 312 (in Russian)Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Sergei V. Petinov
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Hydraulics and StrengthInstitute of Civil Engineering, Peter the Great St. Petersburg Polytechnic UniversitySt. PetersburgRussia
  2. 2.Institute for Problems in Mechanical Engineering, Russian Academy of Sciences (IPME RAS)St. PetersburgRussia

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