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Structural Engineering and Mechanics
  Volume 57, Number 4, February25 2016 , pages 587-602

A response surface method based on sub-region of interest for structural reliability analysis
Weitao Zhao, Xueyan Shi and Kai Tang

    In structural reliability analysis, the response surface method is widely adopted because of its numerical efficiency. It should be understood that the response function must approximate the actual limit state function accurately in the main region influencing failure probability where it is evaluated. However, the size of main region influencing failure probability was not defined clearly in current response surface methods. In this study, the concept of sub-region of interest is constructed, and an improved response surface method is proposed based on the sub-region of interest. The sub-region of interest can clearly define the size of main region influencing failure probability, so that the accuracy of the evaluation of failure probability is increased. Some examples are introduced to demonstrate the efficiency and the accuracy of the proposed method for both numerical and implicit limit state functions.
Key Words
    structural reliability; response surface; sub-region of interest; failure probability
Weitao Zhao, Xueyan Shi and Kai Tang: Key Laboratory of Liaoning Province for Composite Structural Analysis of Aerocraft and Simulation, Shenyang Aerospace University, Shenyang, 110-136, China

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