Wind and Snow Load Statistics for Probabilistic Design

by Bruce Ellingwood, (A.M.ASCE),

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1981, Vol. 107, Issue 7, Pg. 1345-1350

Document Type: Journal Paper


Structural reliability analyses and probability-based limit states design require statistical descriptions of structural load and load effect variables. Frequently, data are only available for the basic variables (e.g., wind speed, ground snow load, etc.) from which the loads are calculated through mathematical relationships. These distributions have been used to develop a set of tentative load factors for possible use in a future edition of the A58 Standard.

Subject Headings: Snow loads | Structural reliability | Live loads | Statistics | Wind loads | Load distribution | Limit analysis | Probability

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