Reliability analysis of linear dynamical systems using approximate representations of performance functions

Hector A. Jensen, Marcos A. Valdebenito

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Abstract

A method to carry out reliability analysis of linear systems with random structural parameters and random excitation is presented. Probability that design conditions are satisfied within a given time period is used as a measure of system reliability. An efficient importance sampling technique is used to estimate the failure probabilities. This technique is combined with high quality approximations of the performance functions in terms of uncertain structural parameters. The number of dynamic analyses required during the estimation process is minimized since the simulations are carried out by evaluating explicit expressions. The explicit quantities correspond to approximate representations of the performance functions in terms of the uncertain structural parameters. A numerical example corresponding to problem 2, sub-case 2 of the benchmark study is presented to illustrate the accuracy and computational efficiency of the proposed computational procedure.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)222-237
Number of pages16
JournalStructural Safety
Volume29
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2007

Keywords

  • Approximation concepts
  • Importance sampling
  • Linear dynamical systems
  • Reliability analysis

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