Reliability of Multistate Structural Systems

by Michel Ghosn, CCNY, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Probabilistic Methods in Civil Engineering


The theory of system reliability consists of establishing the relationship between the reliability of a complex system and the reliability of its components. Often, the system and its components are considered to be either functioning or failed; in reality, they are capable of assuming a range of performance levels varying from perfect functioning to complete failure. This paper attempts to develop a structural reliability methodology that accounts for various states of damage to the components and the overall structural system.

Subject Headings: Structural reliability | Structural systems | System reliability | Failure analysis | Structural analysis | Failure modes | Structural failures | Structural members

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