By Milík Tichý (auth.)
A region of the century has elapsed in view that I gave my first path in structural reliability to graduate scholars on the college of Waterloo in Canada. considering the fact that that point on i've got given many classes and seminars to scholars, researchers, designers, and placement engineers attracted to reliability. I additionally participated in and was once answerable for a number of initiatives the place reliability strategies have been required. in the course of that interval, the scope of structural reliability steadily enlarged to turn into a considerable a part of the final reliability idea. First, it truly is obvious that bearing constructions shouldn't be remoted goals of curiosity, and, as a result, that constntCted amenities might be studied. moment, a brand new engineering department has emerged -reliability engineering. those evidence have highlighted new features and requested for brand new methods to the idea and purposes. I continually kingdom in my lectures that the reliability idea is not anything greater than mathematized engineering judgment. actually, thank you almost always to likelihood and data, and likewise to desktops, the empirical wisdom won through Humankind's building adventure might have been transposed right into a trend of good judgment pondering, capable of produce conclusions and to forecast the habit of engineering entities. this way of considering has constructed into an problematic community associated by means of convinced principles, which, in a manner, might be thought of a kind of reliability grammar. we will be able to determine many grammatical techniques within the normal constitution of the reliability theory.
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7. Transformation of a rectangular probability distribution through a non-linear response function (F = random load, w = deflection due to random load). 5c). 5d,e. Observe how the non-linear part of the loaddeflection relationship has influenced the probability distribution of w ! 31b) ! (Xl I X2 I ... I XII) When several independent observations are carried out, we can find that the developments of f(t) • are identical at each observation, or • change systematically, or • change randomly. In the first two cases we are able to predict X for any value of t , while in the latter case an exact prediction is impossible.
6, PDFs for a given t are plotted. It is llpImeIlt that they do not provide sufficient information on the behavior of the respective processes. Random functions (a) through (d), and the random sequence (f) have, say, identical PDF in the considered point; nevertheless, they differ considerably. Observe, further, that for function (e) not only the mean of the function but also the probability density changes. Therefore, also other parameters of the function will change along t . , • population parameters of a random function are functions of the argument, 40 TOOLS x a) x ~ b) x / c) \'0 ~" d) t t 0 , t x f) ;.
Any of these components can be mathematically investigated as a specific reliability system consisting of one or more reliability elements. A reliability system need not be identical with the respective structural system and a reliability element need not be identical with a structural member. In general, we can say, that a structural system embodies several reliability systems (or, "subsystems") that, subsequently, can be split into reliability elements. 2 a) : I ~ Fig. 9 - Principal reliability connections (a - serial connection, b - parallel connection).