Reliability and Uncertainty Analyses in Hydraulic Design

by Ben Chie Yen, (F.ASCE), Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Illinois, Urbana, IL,
Yeou-Koung Tung, (M.ASCE), Engr.; Water Res. Ctr., P.O. Box 3067, University Station, Laramie, WY,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-993-6 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-993-7 (ISBN-10), 1993, Soft Cover, Pg. 305
DataNotAvailable, A Report Prepared by the Subcommittee on Uncertainty and Reliability Analyses in Design of Hydraulic Structures of the Technical Committee on Probabilistic Approaches to Hydraulics, ASCE
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Abstract: This report contains 13 papers presenting the application of reliability analysis to the design and safety of hydraulic structures. Several recent major failures of engineering systems have raised public concern on the safety and reliability of engineering structures. Decades ago, a quantitative evaluation of the reliability of structures was not possible and engineers used safety factors that were determined mainly through experience and judgment. Recent advances in probability methods and computers make it feasible to evaluate the contributions of various technologic and natural factors to the safety and reliability of structures. The first four papers in this report discuss techniques pertinent to reliability and uncertainty analyses. The next nine papers explore how these techniques can be applied to dam safety, coastal floods, and hydraulic structures. The report concludes with a reprint of an article by Vrijling on the Eastern Scheldt Storm Surge Barrier of the Delta Project in the Netherlands and the use of reliability analysis for sewer design.

Subject Headings: Hydraulic design | Hydraulic structures | Structural safety | Structural reliability | Uncertainty principles | Structural analysis | Systems engineering | Probability | Netherlands


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