Reliability

Reliability

Structural reliability is one of the disciplines that has most evolved in recent years. The field of Civil Engineering has always strived to design and execute civil structures as safely as possible, however the methods used to measure the degree of safety of a structure have changed considerably over time, with initial disputes between engineers and advocates of probabilistic methods, which nowadays are practically nonexistent. There are widely accepted level III design methods despite mathematical and statistical difficulties.

Given its importance and relevance, structural reliability is one of the major research lines within the Institute. In this sense we are conducting research on the characterization of the joint distribution function of all the random variables that can affect the structures in river , coastal and marine areas, so as to then inlude them into standard reliability models, such as the Monte Carlo methods or First Order Reliability Methods (FORM). Additionally, new methods are being studied based on scenarios and / or reanalysis databases such as Buffered Failure Probability Method, and its integration into constrained reliability optimization problems.

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