Encyclopedia of Earthquake Engineering

2015 Edition
| Editors: Michael Beer, Ioannis A. Kougioumtzoglou, Edoardo Patelli, Siu-Kui Au

Structural Seismic Reliability Analysis

  • Shankar SankararamanEmail author
Reference work entry
DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-35344-4_280

Synonyms

First-order reliability method; Monte Carlo sampling; Probability of failure; Reliability analysis; Uncertainty

Introduction

Perhaps, no other discipline within engineering has to deal with as much uncertainty as the field of earthquake engineering (Der Kiureghian 1996). To begin with, the occurrence of earthquakes in time and space is completely random in nature, and this leads to a large amount of uncertainty while predicting the intensities of ground motions resulting from earthquakes. Further, it is challenging to precisely assess the load-carrying capacity of the structural system of interest, due to the inherent variability across different structural members that constitute the overall structural system. It is necessary to analyze all of these different sources of uncertainty and assess the safety of the structure by accounting for such sources of uncertainty. Structural safety assessment is important both during the design of the structural system and for analyzing...

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Intelligent Systems DivisionSGT Inc., NASA Ames Research CenterMoffett FieldUSA