Reliability analysis and design considering disjointed active failure regions

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Wang, Pingfeng
Cui, Xiao-Long
Wang, Zequn

Wang, Pingfeng; Cui, Xiao-Long; Wang, Zequn. 2016. Reliability analysis and design considering disjointed active failure regions. ASME 2015 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference Volume 2B: 41st Design Automation Conference Boston, Massachusetts, USA, August 2–5, 2015


Failure of practical engineering systems could be induced by several correlated failure modes, and consequently reliability analysis are conducted with multiple disjointed failure regions in the system random input space. Problems with disjointed failure regions create a great challenge for existing reliability analysis approaches due to the discontinuity of the system performance function between these regions. This paper presents a new enhanced Monte Carlo simulation (EMCS) approach for reliability analysis and design considering disjointed failure regions. The ordinary Kriging method is adopted to construct surrogate model for the performance function so that Monte Carlo simulation (MCS) can be used to estimate the reliability. A maximum failure potential based sampling scheme is developed to iteratively search failure samples and update the Kriging model. Two case studies are used to demonstrate the efficacy of the proposed methodology.

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