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Reliability of Structures

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Course Unit Code228-0904/06
Number of ECTS Credits Allocated10 ECTS credits
Type of Course Unit *Choice-compulsory
Level of Course Unit *Third Cycle
Year of Study *
Semester when the Course Unit is deliveredWinter, Summer Semester
Mode of DeliveryFace-to-face
Language of InstructionCzech, English
Prerequisites and Co-Requisites Course succeeds to compulsory courses of previous semester
Name of Lecturer(s)Personal IDName
KRE13prof. Ing. Martin Krejsa, Ph.D.
KON09doc. Ing. Petr Konečný, Ph.D.
In this subject, students learn theoretical background and practical information about probabilistic assessment of load-carrying structures. For that purpose, they should master the probability and structure reliability theories. The key feature of the probabilistic method is that it is possible to express variability of input quantities in a stochastic (probabilistic) form, for instance, by histograms. Unlike the applicable standards and procedures which are based on deterministic expression of input quantities (using a single value – a constant), the probabilistic methods provide more precise reliability assessment and improved safety for those who use the buildings and structures.
Learning Outcomes of the Course Unit
The course is intended to deepen the knowledge of the theory of structures. Students are introduced to probabilistic approaches to the assessment of safety, serviceability and durability using basic knowledge of the theory of reliability, probability and computer technology.
Course Contents
The subject includes probabilistic approaches in structural mechanics. These approches are used for design and assessment of structures with utilisation of computers and modern software.
Recommended or Required Reading
Required Reading:
1. Melchers, R.E.: Structural Reliability Analysis and Prediction}. Second edition, John Wiley & Sons Ltd., England, 1999. (437 s) ISBN 0-471-98324-1.
2. TeReCo: Probabilistic Assessment of Structures using Monte Carlo Simulation, Background, Exercises and Software. Textbook and CD-ROM. ÚTAM AV ČR, Praha 2003. 2nd edition. ISBN 80-86246-19-1.
3. O. Ditlevsen and H.O. Madsen: Structural Reliability Methods, Technical University of Denmark, 2005.
1. Krejsa M., Konečný P.: Spolehlivost a bezpečnost staveb, VŠB-TU Ostrava, 2011.
2. Teplý T., Novák D.: Spolehlivost stavebních konstrukcí, CERM Brno 2004, ISBN 80-214-2577-6.
3. Holický M., Marková J.: Základy teorie spolehlivosti a hodnocení rizik, ČVUT Praha 2005, ISBN 80-01-03129-2.
4. Otipka P., Šmajstra V.: Pravděpodobnost a statistika, VŠB-TU Ostrava 2006, ISBN 80-248-1194-4.
Recommended Reading:
1. FReET (Feasible Reliability Engineering Tool) -
2. Simulation Based Reliability Assessment – SBRA -
1. FReET (Feasible Reliability Engineering Tool) -
2. Metoda Přímého Optimalizovaného Pravděpodobnostního Výpočtu – POPV -
3. Simulation Based Reliability Assessment – SBRA -
Planned learning activities and teaching methods
Lectures, Individual consultations
Assesment methods and criteria
Tasks are not Defined