A Kinematic Approach to Simulation-Based System Reliability Evaluation

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by Avinash M. Nafday, EQE Inc, United States,
Ross B. Corotis, EQE Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Probabilistic Methods in Civil Engineering:

Abstract: System reliability of complex structural engineering systems is often estimated by simulation-based procedures, with failure analysis based on a static (limit state) formulation or a kinematic (failure mode) formulation. Due to the low probability of failure, direct application of Monte Carlo simulation is very inefficient, and improved performance is available through importance sampling, directional simulation, and general variance reduction strategies. The approach described in this paper combines a simulation in load and resistance variable space with a kinematic linear programming formation.

Subject Headings: System reliability | Failure analysis | Kinematics | Structural reliability | Failure modes | Linear analysis | Structural failures | Europe | Monaco | Monte Carlo

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