Analysis of Structural Control Robustness: Reliability Methods

  • B. F. SpencerJr.
  • M. K. Sain
  • C.-H. Won
  • L. M. Barroso
Conference paper
Part of the International Union of Theoretical and Applied Mechanics book series (IUTAM)


In recent years, structural control for civil engineering applications has made remarkable progress toward practical implementation (see, for example, Soong,1 Housner and Masri,2 ATC-173). The goal of much of this research is to increase the reliability of these structures against dynamic loadings caused by severe earthquakes and strong winds. A framework within which this design goal can be achieved does not seem to be available.


Cumulative Probability Distribution Importance Factor Feedback Control Strategy Civil Engineering Application Stability Robustness 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • B. F. SpencerJr.
    • 1
  • M. K. Sain
    • 2
  • C.-H. Won
    • 2
  • L. M. Barroso
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of Civil Engrg. and Geo. Sci.Univ. of Notre DameNotre DameUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of Elec. Engrg.Univ. of Notre DameNotre DameUSA
  3. 3.Dept. of Civil Engrg.Stanford UniversityPalo AltoUSA

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