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Inverse Reliability Analysis for Possibility Distribution of Design Variables

  • A. S. Balu
  • B. N. Rao
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Mechanical Engineering book series (LNME)


Reliability analysis is one of the major concerns at the design stage since the occurrence of failures in engineering systems may lead to catastrophic consequences. Therefore, the expectation of higher reliability and lower environmental impact has become imperative. Hence the inverse reliability problem arises when one is seeking to determine the unknown design parameters such that prescribed reliability indices are attained. The inverse reliability problems with implicit response functions require the evaluation of the derivatives of the response functions with respect to the random variables. When these functions are implicit functions of the random variables, derivatives of these response functions are not readily available. Moreover in many engineering systems, due to unavailability of sufficient statistical information, some uncertain variables cannot be modelled as random variables. This paper presents a computationally efficient method to estimate the design parameters in the presence of mixed uncertain variables.


Fuzzy variables High dimensional model representation Inverse reliability analysis Random variables 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Structural Engineering Division, Department of Civil EngineeringIndian Institute of Technology MadrasChennaiIndia

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