Qualitative Design for Safety and Reliability

by Shuichi Fukuda, Osaka Univ, Japan,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Safety and Reliability


This work aims at developing a fundamental methodology for the qualitative reliability design of machines and structures to cope with the present situation of small production with a wide variety of kinds in the hope of complementing the present quantitative reliability methods. This paper points out that if we note the topological features of products, then we can feed back the past experience especially of manufacturing with great ease to the design stage and improve the reliability. The fundamental techniques using B-reps and Prolog to extact features are described with several verifying examples of a boom, a girder and bridges.

Subject Headings: Structural reliability | Structural safety | Structural analysis | Girder bridges | Structural design | Steel structures | Steel bridges

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