Course Code: 5620589
METU Credit (Theoretical-Laboratory hours/week): 3(3-0)
ECTS Credit: 8.0
Language of Instruction: English
Level of Study: Graduate
Course Coordinator: Prof.Dr. MEHMET SEMİH YÜCEMEN
Offered Semester: Once in several years.

Course Objective

The objectives of this course are to enable the students to understand the basic concepts of component and structural system reliability and probabilistically based code specifications. The student will also be able to perform quantitative risk evaluation and optimum design accounting for uncertainty and failure consequences.

Course Content

Probabilistic bases for the design and evaluation of structural safety and reliability. Random occupancy, wind and earthquake loading, and of variability in material properties. Structural system reliability. Quantitative risk evaluation, systematic assessment and analysis of uncertainties, optimum design accounting for uncertainty and failure consequences. New probabilistically based code specifications. Applications. (R)

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course the student is expected: 1) to have a full understanding of the uncertainties involved in structural problems and the resulting risks; 2) to utilize different statistical and probabilistic methods for the modeling and analysis of component capacities and different types of loads; 3) to be able to evaluate the safety of a structural system in terms of the reliability of its components considering different failure modes; 4) to be able to understand the philosophy and underlying assumptions in the probabilistically based code specifications; 5) to be able to model different engineering problems involving random variations in space and time.