Computer Aided Learning of System Reliability Assessment

by G. Singh, Univ of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom,
S. Gowripalan, Univ of Leeds, Leeds, United Kingdom,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Computing in Civil and Building Engineering


Good education should foster an awareness of the probabilistic nature of the real world. Insensitivity to, or inability to acknowledge and analyze, uncertainties of this world can lead to bad decisions. Civil engineering systems usually consist of many elements which interact and the determination of the probability and modes of their failure is a complex problem. As a contribution to fulfilling the educational needs a suite of CAL programs has been developed. This paper gives the background and motivation for the development followed by the description and illustration of some of the features of the CAL programs mounted on PCs.

Subject Headings: Engineering education | Systems engineering | System reliability | Computer aided operations | Probability | Uncertainty principles | Students

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