Some Considerations on the Acceptable Probability of Failure

by J. K. Vrijling, Delft Univ of Technology, Netherlands,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Safety and Reliability


The acceptable failure probability of technical structures and systems is studied in this paper. The problem is approached from two points of view: the personal and the social point of view. The different view points lead to different criteria. It is proposed to adopt in a practical case the most stringent of the criteria as a guide line for decision making.

Subject Headings: Probability | Failure analysis | Structural reliability | Hydraulic structures | Hydraulic design | Risk management | Economic factors | Structural failures

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