CEE 406 - Reliability of Structural Components and Systems

CEE 406 aims to present a unified view of the techniques and theories for the analysis of structural reliability of components and systems. Basic theory and methods for probabilistic time-invariant reliability analysis of structural components and systems, considering uncertainties in component performance characteristics and system demand are presented. Topics include: (1) statistics and probability and their use in structural reliability; (2) component time-invariant reliability analysis; (3) system time-invariant reliability analysis; (4) reliability-based structural design; and (5) reliability of structural systems using Monte-Carlo simulation. Emphasis is placed on fundamentals and solution strategies suitable for practical computer implementation.


No prerequisites listed; students must have a strong understanding of the fundamentals of probability theory.

Why is it interesting for Probabilistic Modelers?

The primary aim is to provide an in-depth understanding for the proper application in engineering and science. A substantial portion of the course is dedicated to the theory of probability presented for an audience of non-mathematicians, which can be appealing for most engineering and science graduate students. There is flexibility in the final project as long as students use the probability tools covered in the course.


Offered every Fall Semester.