Safety, Reliability and Structural Design

by A.M. Freudenthal,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1961, Vol. 87, Issue 3, Pg. 1-16

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

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