Uncertainties play a dominant role in the design and optimization of structures and infrastructures. In optimum design of structural systems due to variations of the material, manufacturing variations, variations of the external loads and modelling uncertainty, the parameters of a structure, a structural system and its environment are not given, fixed coefficients, but random variables with a certain probability distribution. The increasing necessity to solve complex problems in Structural Optimization, Structural Reliability and Probabilistic Mechanics, requires the development of new ideas, innovative methods and numerical tools for providing accurate numerical solutions in affordable computing times.
This book presents the latest findings on structural optimization considering uncertainties. It contains selected contributions dealing with the use of probabilistic methods for the optimal design of different types of structures and various considerations of uncertainties. The first part is focused on reliability-based design optimization and the second part on robust design optimization. Comprising twenty-one, self-contained chapters by prominent authors in the field, it forms a complete collection of state-of-the-art theoretical advances and applications in the fields of structural optimization, structural reliability, and probabilistic computational mechanics. It is recommended to researchers, engineers, and students in civil, mechanical, naval and aerospace engineering and to professionals working on complicated costs-effective design problems.
"This book is successful in its goal of providing an overview of recent research on structural optimization under uncertainties. The papers present a diverse set of approaches. The reader interested in identifying the state-of-the-art in RBDO and RDO would find this book to be a very useful resource".
Professor Lori Graham-Brady, Department of Civil Engineering, John Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Part A. Robust design optimization (RDO)
A1. Basic aspects on RDO
Yoshihiro Kanno and Izuru Takewaki.
Ioannis Doltsinis, Zhan Kang.
A2. Theoretical advances on RDO
R. Rackwitz and A. Joanni.
Byeng Dong Youn.
Jorge E. Hurtado.
A3. Application driven chapters on RDO
Izuru Takewaki and Yakov Ben-Haim.
Part B. Reliability-based design optimization (RBDO)
B1. Basic aspects on RBDO
Zissimos P. Mourelatos, Jinghong Liang and Efstratios Nikolaidis.
B2. Theoretical advancements and academicapplications of RBDO
Zissimos P. Mourelatos and Jun Zhou.
Byung Man Kwak, Sang Hoon Lee and Jae Sung Huh.
M. Kokkolaras and P.Y. Papalambros.
Neal M. Patel, John E. Renaud, Harish Agarwal and Andres Tovar.
J.O. Royset, E. Polak.
B3. Application-driven chapters on RBDO
G. Weickum, M. Allen, K. Maute and D. Frangopol.
20: Overview of reliability analysis and design capabilities in DAKOTA with Application to Shape Optimization of MEMS
Our knowledge to model, analyze, design, maintain, manage and predict the life-cycle performance of structures and infrastructures is continually growing. However, the complexity of these systems continues to increase and an integrated approach is necessary to understand the effect of technological, environmental, economical, social and political interactions on the life-cycle performance of engineering structures and infrastructures. In order to accomplish this, methods have to be developed to systematically analyze structure and infrastructure systems, and models have to be formulated for evaluating and comparing the risks and benefits associated with various alternatives. We must maximize the life-cycle benefits of these systems to serve the needs of our society by selecting the best balance of the safety, economy and sustainability requirements despite imperfect information and knowledge.
In recognition of the need for such methods and models, the aim of this book series is to present research, developments, and applications written by experts on the most advanced technologies for analyzing, predicting and optimizing the performance of structures and infrastructures such as buildings, bridges, dams, underground construction, offshore platforms, pipelines, naval vessels, ocean structures, nuclear power plants, and also airplanes, aerospace and automotive structures.
The scope of this book series covers the entire spectrum of structures and infrastructures. Thus it includes, but is not restricted to, mathematical modeling, computer and experimental methods, practical applications in the areas of assessment and evaluation, construction and design for durability, decision making, deterioration modeling and aging, failure analysis, field testing, structural health monitoring, financial planning, inspection and diagnostics, life-cycle analysis and prediction, loads, maintenance strategies, management systems, nondestructive testing, optimization of maintenance and management, specifications and codes, structural safety and reliability, system analysis, time-dependent performance, rehabilitation, repair, replacement, reliability and risk management, service life prediction, strengthening and whole life costing.
This book series is intended researchers, practitioners, and students world-wide with a background in civil, aerospace, mechanical, marine and automotive engineering, as well as people working in infrastructure maintenance, monitoring, management and cost analysis of structures and infrastructures. Some volumes are monographs defining the current state of the art and/or practice in the field, and some are textbooks to be used in undergraduate (mostly seniors), graduate and postgraduate courses. This book series is affiliated to Structure and Infrastructure Engineering (Taylor & Francis, http://www.informaworld.com/sie ), an international peer-reviewed journal which is included in the Science Citation Index.
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