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Safety Factors and Reliability : Friends or Foes? - Isaac E. Elishakoff

Safety Factors and Reliability

Friends or Foes?

Hardcover Published: 10th August 2004
ISBN: 9781402017797
Number Of Pages: 296

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Have you ever wondered where the safety factors come from? Why is it that deterministic analysis has reached a very sophisticated level, but in the end empirical factors are still needed? Is there a way to select them, rather than assigning them arbitrarily as is often done?
This book clearly shows that safety factors are closely related with the reliability of structures, giving yet another demonstration of Albert Einstein's maxim that "It is incomprehensible that Nature is comprehensible". The book shows that the safety factors are much more comprehensible if they are seen in a probabilistic context. Several definitions of the safety factors are given, analytical results on insightful numbers are presented, nonprobabilistic safety factors are shown, as well as their estimates derived by the inequalities of Bienayme, Markov, Chebushev and Camp-Meidell. A special chapter is devoted to important contributions by Japanese experts.
This volume will help to critically re-think the issue of safety factors, which can create a false feeling of security. The deterministic paradigm can be enhanced by incorporating probabilistic concepts wisely where they are needed without treating all variables as probabilistic ones. The book shows that there is a need of their integration rather than separation.
This book is intended for engineers, graduate students, lecturers and researchers.

Prologue
Reliability of structures
Safety factors and reliability : random actual stress & deterministic yield stress
Safety factors and reliability : deterministic actual stress & random yield stress
Safety factor and reliability : both actual stress and yield stress are random
Non-probabilistic factor of safety
Stochastic safety factor by Birger and Maymon
Safety factor in light of the Bienayme-Markov and Chebychev inequalities
Japanese contributions to the interrelating safety factor and reliability
Epilogue
Accuracy of the Hasofer-Lind method
Biographical notes
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ISBN: 9781402017797
ISBN-10: 1402017790
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 296
Published: 10th August 2004
Publisher: Springer-Verlag New York Inc.
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.5  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 1.34