Reliability Analysis in the Presence of Random Functions and Categorical Variables

by Daniele Veneziano, MIT, United States,
Sze-Hang Lo, MIT, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Probabilistic Methods in Civil Engineering


This paper describes a reliability procedure that can handle certain classes of random functions and qualitative categorical variables. The method is an extension of the R. Rackwitz-B. Fiessler (RF) procedure and is based on local linearization of the limit state surface, which is expressed in terms of the additive 'effects' of the random functions and the categorical variables on the response of the system.

Subject Headings: Structural analysis | Structural reliability | Probability | Linear functions | Chemical additives | Limit analysis | Limit states | System reliability

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