Analysis of structural failures

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In Part 1 a classification of basic types of structural failure is presented. This classification is expanded into a set of parameter statements which could be assessed subjectively
in a prediction process. This process is intended to account for a structure failing due
to causes other than stochastic variations in load and strength. The parameters are assessed for 23 major structural accidents and one existing structure, and are analysed
using a simple numerical interpretation. The accidents are ranked in their order of
inevitability. Human errors of one form or another proved to be the dominant reasons
for the failures considered. A simplified form of the proposed procedure for predicting
the likelihood of structural accidents is outlined in Part 11. This is then applied to the
24 accident parameter assessments made in Part I. The concept of fuzzy sets is used.
Original languageEnglish
JournalProceedings of the ICE - Civil Engineering
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 1977


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