Structural Safety and Satisfaction

by Colin B. Brown, Univ of Washington, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Safety and Reliability

Abstract: The mathematical program of a cost extremum constrained by safety, functional and other statements is a comfortable image of design. In this paper the various components of this program are examined in the light of real events. The conclusion is that the hope of optimizing as a structural engineering design paradigm must be replaced by a softer viewpoint, such as satisfying, if realistic events are not to be sacrificed. The consequences of such a satisficing approach on safety measures are considered.

Subject Headings: Structural safety | Mathematics | Computer programming | Optimization models | Safety | Imaging techniques

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