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- A convenient approach for estimating time-dependent structural reliability in the load space
Melchers, R. E.
- The University of Newcastle. Faculty of Engineering & Built Environment, School of Engineering
- A procedure, formulated in the space of the load processes, is described for estimating the reliability of structures subject to multi-parameter time-varying loading. For most realistic reliability problems the load process space is of low order. As a result, the required multidimensional integration is significantly simplified. The proposed approach also has well defined steps. As a result, there is increased transparency and reduced problems of integration instability and non-convergence. Both loads and resistances are described in terms of random variable parameters and time dependent structural resistances can be considered. Numerical examples are given to illustrate the proposed method. Example applications are given for a fixed base rigid-plastic portal frame subjected to time dependent loads and resistances. Linear and non-linear limit state equations and Normal and non-Normal distribution of the random variables are considered and compared, in some cases, to the results evaluated using Monte Carlo simulation.
- Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics Vol. 24, Issue 3, p. 467-472
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