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CEG8304 : Structural Reliability

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Professor Peter Gosling
  • Owning School: Engineering
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 10
ECTS Credits: 5.0


The aim of the module is to enable students to understand the fundamental principles of structural reliability, to have an appreciation of some advanced aspects and to demonstrate their application through the solution of a number of realistic problems, both analytically and numerically.

The module combines analysis techniques, probabilistics and the application of statistical information in the presentation of concepts associated with the reliability analysis of structures. Material, load, and resistance properties are presented and described. Monte-Carlo and FORM methods of reliability analysis are developed and applied. These are used with the statistical information to analyse realistic tractible structural reliability problems using structural mechanics principles to explore the methodologies.

Outline Of Syllabus

1. Review of probability theory
2. Statistical properties of structural materials, members and loads
3. Structural reliability assessment for components and systems
4. Integration and simulation methods
5. Second-moment and transformation methods
6. Codes and structural reliability
7. Software application

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion140:307:00Revision for exam
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion12:002:00Exam
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture141:0014:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching111:0011:00Tutorials
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study166:0066:00Includes background reading and reading lecture notes for a full understanding of material
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Specialist knowledge and understanding are primarily imparted via lecture classes. Students are encouraged and expected to learn through independent reading and solutions to tutorial problems. They are supported in this by the provision of an extensive set of notes, and tutorial activities. Learning will be further enhanced through an industry-led seminar day.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination1201A100Closed book exam. Part A multiple-choice. Part B extended questions.
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The knowledge gained in the module is expected to be understanding of the principles of structural reliability analysis and the application of principles using commercially available software. The assessment is 100% closed-book exam in which theoretical aspects are examined in the classical way. A multi-choice section is included to assess the full breadth of the module. Extended questions assess analytical techniques and provide opportunities to explore the practical software-based application of the theory studied in the module.

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