Safety Index, Stochastic Finite Elements and Expert Systems

  • F. Casciati
Part of the International Centre for Mechanical Sciences book series (CISM, volume 317)


The material presented in this Chapter has a two-fold objective. Firstly, it introduces those concepts in the Theory of Reliability which are useful in the Mechanics of Solids and Structures. The goal, here, is to link the general theoretical statements of Chapter 1 with the methods and concepts of the following two Chapters and, hence, with the subsequent specialistic applications.

Secondly, the present Chapter provides a short presentation of two research fields which are provoking a growing interest amongst practitioners, namely “Stochastic Finite Elements” (with their potentialities for dealing with complex mechanical systems) and “Expert Systems”. The application of the latter approach is mainly in monitoring and upgrading existing plants and buildings.


Expert System Failure Surface Basic Variable Structural Reliability Joint Probability Density Function 


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  • F. Casciati
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  1. 1.University of PaviaPaviaItaly

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