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System Reliability Analysis for Truss Structures Based on Automatic Updated  Model

Pengyu Chen, Cunbao Zhao*, He Yao, Junliang Li

State Key Laboratory of Mechanical Behavior and System Safety of Traffic Engineering Structures, Shijiazhuang Tiedao University, Shijiazhuang, 050043, China

* Corresponding Author: Cunbao Zhao. Email:

(This article belongs to this Special Issue: Computer Modeling in Ocean Engineering Structure and Mechanical Equipment)

Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences 2023, 134(3), 2057-2071.


Multiple failure modes tend to be identified in the reliability analysis of a redundant truss structure. This identification process involves updating the model for identifying the next potential failure members. Herein we intend to update the finite element model automatically in the identification process of failure modes and further perform the system reliability analysis efficiently. This study presents a framework that is implemented through the joint simulation of MATLAB and APDL and consists of three parts: reliability index of a single member, identification of dominant failure modes, and system-level reliability analysis for system reliability analysis of truss structures. Firstly, RSM (response surface method) combines with a constrained optimization model to calculate the reliability indices of members. Then the β-unzipping method is adopted to identify the dominant failure modes, and the system function in MATLAB, as well as the EKILL command in APDL, is used to facilitate the automatic update of the finite element model and realize load-redistribution. Besides, the differential equivalence recursion algorithm is performed to approximate the reliability indices of failure modes efficiently and accurately. Eventually, the PNET (probabilistic network evaluation technique) is used to calculate the joint failure probability as well as the system reliability index. Two illustrative examples demonstrate the accuracy and efficiency of the proposed system reliability analysis framework through comparison with corresponding references.

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System Reliability Analysis for Truss Structures Based on Automatic Updated  Model


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Chen, P., Zhao, C., Yao, H., Li, J. (2023). System Reliability Analysis for Truss Structures Based on Automatic Updated  Model. CMES-Computer Modeling in Engineering & Sciences, 134(3), 2057–2071.

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