Error bounds for the reliability index in finite element reliability analysis

Abstract : This work presents an extension of the goal-oriented error estimation techniques to the reliability analysis of a linear elastic structure. We use a first-order reliability method in conjunction with a finite element analysis (FEA) to compute the failure probability of the structure. In such a situation the output of interest that is computed from the FEA is the reliability index. The accuracy of this output, and thus of the reliability analysis, depends, in particular, on the accuracy of the FEA. In this paper, upper and lower bounds of the reliability index are proposed, as well as simple bounds of the failure probability. An application to linear fracture mechanics is presented.
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L. Gallimard. Error bounds for the reliability index in finite element reliability analysis. International Journal for Numerical Methods in Engineering, Wiley, 2011. ⟨hal-01689922⟩

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