A Unified Simulation Approach to Structural System Reliability Analysis

by Richard C. Turner, Advanced Mechanics & Engineering, Ltd, Guildford, United Kingdom,
Michael J. Baker, Advanced Mechanics & Engineering, Ltd, Guildford, United Kingdom,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Probabilistic Mechanics and Structural and Geotechnical Reliability


To determine accurate estimates for the system reliability of large complex structures requires considerable computation; unless the problem is assessed in an efficient manner the analysis can readily become impractical. A unified analysis approach is discussed based on combining a number of Monte Carlo simulation techniques together with information from first order reliability analysis. The approach, which was developed primarily for the ultimate strength analysis of offshore steel jackets, is versatile and can be efficiently applied to a variety of problems.

Subject Headings: Structural reliability | Structural analysis | System reliability | Structural systems | System analysis | Offshore structures | Steel structures | Computer models

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