Title

Efficient Reliability-Based Design with Second Order Approximations

Abstract

Sequential optimization and reliability analysis (SORA) is an efficient approach to reliability-based design (RBD). It decouples the double-loop structure of RBD into a serial cycle of deterministic optimization and reliability analysis. The first order approximation is used in SORA for reliability analysis owing to its good balance between accuracy and efficiency. However, it may result in a large error when a constraint function is highly nonlinear. This study proposes a new numerical method so that second order approximations for the reliability analysis can be used for higher accuracy. To minimize the increased computational cost due to second order approximations, this study also develops an efficient algorithm for searching for an equivalent reliability index with the help of the saddlepoint approximation. The efficiency and accuracy of the proposed method are verified through numerical examples.

Department(s)

Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Design; Optimization; Reliability; Saddlepoint Approximation; Simulation

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

0305-215X; 1029-0273

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2018 Taylor & Francis, All rights reserved.

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