Castillo Ron, Enrique and Fraile de Lerma, Alberto and Alarcón Álvarez, Enrique and Fernández-Canteli, Alfonso
Reliability analysis based on non-dimensional parameters.
In: "European Conference on Safety and Reliability : ESREL 2000", 15/05/2000-17/05/2000, Edinburgh, Scotland. ISBN 90-5809-140-6.
A reliability analysis method is proposed that starts with the identification of all variables involved. These are divided in three groups: (a) variables fixed by codes, as loads and strength project values, and their corresponding partial safety coefficients, (b) geometric variables defining the dimension of the main elements involved, (c) the cost variables, including the possible damages caused by failure, (d) the random variables as loads, strength, etc., and (e)the variables defining the statistical model, as the family of distribution and its corresponding parameters. Once the variables are known, the II-theorem is used to obtain a minimum equivalent set of non-dimensional variables, which is used to define the limit states. This allows a reduction in the number of variables involved and a better understanding of their coupling effects. Two minimum cost criteria are used for selecting the project dimensions. One is based on a bounded-probability of failure, and the other on a total cost, including the damages of the possible failure. Finally, the method is illustrated by means of an application.