Principal Definitions of Reliability
The principal definitions of the in-service reliability of structures are briefly described, such as operational life, intended life, residual life, etc. The causes of structural failures, encircling incomplete knowledge of the service loading, materials properties, approximations in analyses, effects of production and revelations of the so-called “human factor” are indicated. An emphasis is made on the probabilistic considerations in evaluation of intended life of structures in design and of residual life at inspections and when the indication of the damage process are observed. The current concepts of reliable design are briefly discussed.
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