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中南大学学报(英文版)

Journal of Central South University

Vol. 20    No. 4    April 2013

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A modified method to calculate reliability index using maximum entropy principle
Xu Zhi-jun(徐志军)1,2, Zheng Jun-jie(郑俊杰)1, Bian Xiao-ya(边晓亚)1, Liu Yong(刘勇)3

1. School of Civil Engineering & Mechanics, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan 430074, China;
2. School of Civil Engineering and Architecture, Henan University of Technology, Zhengzhou 450052, China;
3. Department of Civil Engineering, National University of Singapore, Singapore 119223, Singapore

Abstract:Routine reliability index method, first order second moment (FOSM), may not ensure convergence of iteration when the performance function is strongly nonlinear. a modified method was proposed to calculate reliability index based on maximum entropy (MaxEnt) principle. To achieve this goal, the complicated iteration of first order second moment (FOSM) method was replaced by the calculation of entropy density function. Local convergence of Newton iteration method utilized to calculate entropy density function was proved, which ensured the convergence of iteration when calculating reliability index. To promote calculation efficiency, Newton down-hill algorithm was incorporated into calculating entropy density function and Monte Carlo simulations (MCS) were performed to assess the efficiency of the presented method. Two numerical examples were presented to verify the validation of the presented method. Moreover, the execution and advantages of the presented method were explained. From example 1, after seven times iteration, the proposed method is capable of calculating the reliability index when the performance function is strongly nonlinear and at the same time the proposed method can preserve the calculation accuracy; From example 2, the reliability indices calculated using the proposed method, FOSM and MCS are 3.823 9, 3.813 0 and 3.827 6, respectively, and the according iteration times are 5, 36 and 106, which shows that the presented method can improve calculation accuracy without increasing computational cost for the performance function of which the reliability index can be calculated using first order second moment (FOSM) method.

 

Key words: reliability index; maximum entropy principle; first order second moment; Newton iteration; Monte Carlo simulation

中南大学学报(自然科学版)
  ISSN 1672-7207
CN 43-1426/N
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中南大学学报(英文版)
  ISSN 2095-2899
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