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Structural Engineering and Mechanics
  Volume 25, Number 3, February20 2007 , pages 275-289

On procedures for reliability assessment of
mechanical systems and structures
G. I. Schueller

    In this paper a brief overview of methods to assess the reliability of mechanical systems and structures is presented. A selection of computational procedures, stochastic structural dynamics, stochastic fatigue crack growth and reliability based optimization are discussed. It is shown that reliability based methods may form the basis for a rational decision making.
Key Words
    structural reliability; uncertainty analysis; computational methods
G. I. Schueller; Institute of Engineering Mechanics, Leopold-Franzens University, Technikerstr. 13, 6020 Innsbruck, Austria, EU

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