Finite Element Methods in Structural Safety Studies

by Armen Der Kiureghian, Univ of California, Berkeley, Dep of, Civil Engineering, Berkeley, CA, USA,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Safety Studies


The use of finite element methods in structural safety studies is discussed and recent work in the area is briefly reviewed. Formulation for a first-order stochastic finite element method is presented with its application to linear frame structures under static loads. Both structural properties and applied loads are considered to be random. As an example, the reliability of a fixed-end beam with stochastic flexural rigidity and subjected to randomly distributed load is investigated.

Subject Headings: Finite element method | Structural safety | Static loads | Stochastic processes | Linear analysis | Load factors | Frames | Structural reliability

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