An overview of reliability methods in mechanical and structural designAn evaluation is made of modern methods of fast probability integration and Monte Carlo treatment for the assessment of structural systems' and components' reliability. Fast probability integration methods are noted to be more efficient than Monte Carlo ones. This is judged to be an important consideration when several point probability estimates must be made in order to construct a distribution function. An example illustrating the relative efficiency of the various methods is included.
Wirsching, P. H. (Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Ortiz, K. (Arizona Univ. Tucson, AZ, United States)
Lee, S. J. (Arizona, University Tucson, United States)