Safety, Reliability and Structural Design

by A. M. Freudenthal,

Serial Information: Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, 1962, Vol. 127, Issue 2, Pg. 304-318

Document Type: Journal Paper


Safety factor of structure is defined in terms of frequency distribution of quotient of resistance and load, and its relation with probability of structural failure is developed; concepts of structural reliability and of risk of failure are introduced and examined as basis of safety analysis for finite operational life of non-redundant and of redundant structures; safety analysis based on logarithmic-normal and extremal distributions of resistance and of load.

Subject Headings: Structural safety | Load and resistance factor design | Structural reliability | Wood structures | Failure analysis | Risk management | Frequency distribution | Probability distribution

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