Illustrations of Reliability-Based Design

by Mayasandra K. Ravindra, (M.ASCE), Sr. Struct. Engrg. Analyst; Sargent & Lundy, Engrs., Chicago IL,
Niels C. Lind, (A.M.ASCE), Prof.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON, Canada,
Wilfred Siu, Res. Asst.; Dept. of Civ. Engrg., Univ. of Waterloo, Waterloo, ON,

Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1974, Vol. 100, Issue 9, Pg. 1789-1811

Document Type: Journal Paper


First-order probabilistic selection of safety factors is illustrated with practical examples of design of reinforced concrete beams, structural steel columns, and cold-formed steel beam elements. The example on deflection in concrete beams indicates how performance criteria can be formulated using the proposed design methods. The examples also show that it is possible to reconcile design methods by proper selection of code parameters and to calibrate design in one technology against another.

Subject Headings: Concrete beams | Steel beams | Steel columns | Cold-formed steel | Structural safety | Reinforced concrete | Beam columns | Structural steel

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