Fuzzy Sets in Civil Engineering—A Tutorial

by Jean-Lou Chameau, Purdue Univ, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Optimizing the Resources for Water Management


This tutorial is an introduction to the theory of fuzzy sets and its applications in Civil Engineering, including its use within the framework of knowledge-based systems. The techniques discussed have not had a major impact on civil engineering practice yet; they represent recent technology. The tutorial contains two main parts: (1) presentation of the basic concepts and mathematical tools used in fuzzy sets theory; and (2) overview of typical applications in engineering. An increasing number of recent applications relate to the development of knowledge based systems; examples are presented in the last part of the tutorial, including systems that relate to the field of water resources.

Subject Headings: Fuzzy logic | Water resources | Engineering education | Systems engineering | Knowledge-based systems | Hydraulic engineering | Mathematics | Water management

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