Reliability and Optimization of Structural Systems

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Summary

This volume contains 28 papers by renowned international experts on the latest advances in structural reliability methods and applications, engineering risk analysis and decision making, new optimization techniques and various applications in civil engineering. Moreover, several contributions focus on the assessment and optimization of existing structural systems.

All contributions were presented at the 15th Working Conference of the International Federation of Information Processing (IFIP) Working Group 7.5 on Reliability and Optimization of Structural Systems, held at the Oskar von Miller Forum in Munich, Germany, April 2010. Working Group 7.5’s purposes are to promote modern structural system reliability and optimization theory and its applications, to stimulate research, development and application of structural system reliability and optimization theory, to assist and advance research and development in these fields, to further the dissemination and exchange of information on reliability and optimization of structural systems, and to encourage education in structural system reliability and optimization theory.

This volume is intended for structural and mechanical engineers working and researching in structural optimization and risk/reliability analysis, applied to structural and infrastructural systems.

Table of Contents

Preface

Bayesian network modeling of system performance
M.T. Bensi, A. Der Kiureghian & D. Straub

Reliability analysis of a pressurized water reactor vessel using sparse polynomial chaos expansions
G. Blatman & B. Sudret

The maximum of a stationary non-differentiable Gaussian process
K. Breitung

Introducing results from non-destructive testing into time variant safety analysis
C. Bucher

Damage identification by Lévy ant colony optimization
G. Cottone, A. Pirrotta, G. Fileccia Scimemi & E. Riva Sanseverino

Expected life-cycle costs of bolted connections for steel buildings subjected to seismic loading
D. De León

A hierarchical surrogate-based strategy for reliability-based design optimization
V. Dubourg, J.-M. Bourinet & B. Sudret

Structural reliability assessment using Kriging metamodel and Monte Carlo simulation: AK-MCS method
B. Echard, N. Gayton & M. Lemaire

Life-cycle framework for maintenance, monitoring, and reliability of naval ship structures
D.M. Frangopol & N.M. Okasha

Optimal maintenance planning considering deterioration uncertainty
H. Hattori, H. Furuta, K. Nakatsu, N. Tokioka & K. Ishibashi

Bridge health monitoring using output-only vibration measurements excited by a single moving vehicle
C.W. Kim & M. Kawatani

Risk analysis of fatigue-induced sequential failures by Branch-and-Bound method employing system reliability bounds
Y.-J. Lee & J. Song

Probabilistic damage assessment by means of Bayesian FE model updating
G. Lombaert, B. Moaveni & J.P. Conte

Optimal structural control under stochastic uncertainty
K. Marti & I. Stein

Identification of the parameters of complex constitutive models: Least squares minimization vs. Bayesian updating
T. Most

Risk-based operation and maintenance planning for offshore wind turbines
J.J. Nielsen & J.D. Sørensen

A scalable parametric approximation to multi-normal probability integrals
K. Nishijima, J. Qin & M.H. Faber

Stochastic life-cycle cost analysis of structures in a finite time planning horizon
M.D. Pandey & T. Cheng

Geotechnical reliability updating using stochastic FEM
I. Papaioannou & D. Straub

Optimal design of tall buildings subjected to wind action in the framework of performance based design
F. Petrini, M. Ciampoli & G. Augusti

Framework for probabilistic calibration of fatigue design factors for offshore wind turbine support structures
J.G. Rangel-Ramírez & J.D. Sørensen

Multiobjective non-linear random vibration analysis for performance-based earthquake engineering
S. Sessa

Fuzzy reliability of concrete bridge elements with respect to the reinforcement chloride corrosion
R. Sieniawska, P. Sniady & S. Zukowski

Dynamic response optimization of tall buildings subject to extreme wind loads
S.M.J. Spence & M. Gioffrè

Reliability updating with measurements in spatially distributed systems using stochastic simulation
D. Straub

Structural optimization based on reliability index mapping functions
W.H. Tang & J. Zhang

Fatigue life of wind turbine blades
P. Thoft-Christensen, R.R. Pedersen & S.R.K. Nielsen

Load level and target column over-design factors of frames under a specific reliability level
Y.-G. Zhao & M. Sharfuddin

Summary of the discussion session
Author index