Maximum Value Statistics for Transient Response of Linear Structures
The mean and the variance are investigated for the maximum absolute value of a nonstationary process which represents the response buildup of a linear oscillator. The mean and variance...

One Solution for Different Stochastic Systems
It is shown that different dynamic systems under different sets of random excitations can share an identical probabilistic solution. Such systems are said to be stochastically equivalent,...

Comparison Between Linearization and Gaussian Closure
A variety of approximate solution techniques have been developed for analysis of nonlinear systems. The most widely used method has been equivalent linearization. Recently a general closure...

A Kinematic Approach to Simulation-Based System Reliability Evaluation
System reliability of complex structural engineering systems is often estimated by simulation-based procedures, with failure analysis based on a static (limit state) formulation or a kinematic...

Efficient Probabilistic Structural Analysis Using an Advanced Mean Value Method
An advanced mean-value (AMV) method for probabilistic structural analysis is presented. This method blends the conventional mean value method with the advanced structural reliability analysis...

A Linear Dynamic Programming Model for the Optimal Allocation of Water in Groundwater Dependent Areas
The purpose of this paper is to describe an efficient computer-aided planning method using linear and dynamic programming together with a finite difference groundwater model to determine...

Simulation of Acceleration Time Histories Close to Large Earthquakes

Parallel and Distributed Processing in Structural Engineering
Parallel processing is emerging as an effective approach to large scale structural engineering computations. The papers included in this book cover vibration analysis using a parallel...

Adsorption, Desorption and Transport of Pesticides in Groundwater: A Critical Review
Adsorption and desorption are major mechanisms affecting the transport and fate of pesticides in groundwater. Equilibrium, chemical nonequilibrium and physical nonequilibrium adsorption...

An Inline Retarding Basin
This paper discusses the idea of retarding flows within existing right-of-way in a linear basin. This concept is based on longitudinally dividing the right-of-way into two sections. The...

Stochastic Characteristics of Cobble-Gravel Bed Load Transport
Prototype tests of stochastic characteristic of cobble-gravel bed load transport have been done in Dujiangyan reach of Minjiang River in China in 1977-1985. All of 718 sample data from...

Stochastic Streamflow Sequences for Reservoir Operation and Design
A stochastic streamflow model is adapted for risk methodology in the operation and design of reservoirs. The model is based upon the representation of the flood series as a Poisson counting...

Analysis of Onsite Measurements of Scour at Piers
Existing onsite measurements of local scour at bridge piers were assembled and analyzed to obtain an equation that predicts the expected maximum depth of local scour at a bridge pier....

A Stochastic Model for Low-Cycle Elastic-Plastic Fatigue Crack Growth
In this paper a stochastic process approach is considered to represent the random nature of the low-cycle (elastic-plastic) fatigue crack growth process. A semi-Markov renewal model is...

Reliability Analysis in the Presence of Random Functions and Categorical Variables
This paper describes a reliability procedure that can handle certain classes of random functions and qualitative categorical variables. The method is an extension of the R. Rackwitz-B....

Implementing a State PMS
Arizona State Pavement Management System (PMS) is described in this paper. Experience shows that many factors must be considered in deciding how to maintain a particular mile of the road...

Polyhedral Substitute Yield Conditions in Plastic Reliability Analysis
The method of invariant linear combinations of linearly associated lower bound safety margins is used for constructing upper bound approximations of the generalized reliability index with...

A Design rReview Board's Role in Developing Public Access
In the past 20 years, the Bay Commission, through its permit process, has required that new public access be provided along more than 100 linear miles of the shoreline of San Francisco...

Edge Waves on Linear Segmented Topographies

Spline Interpolations for Water Hammer Analysis
The method of characteristics (MOC) with spline polynomials for interpolations was investigated for numerical water hammer analysis. The overall accuracy is significantly improved compared...