Title: Analysis of Structural Safety
Author(s): Ernst Basler
Publication: Symposium Paper
Appears on pages(s): 189-222
Keywords: building codes; coefficient of variation; concretes; errors; failure; load factors; loads (forces); mathematical models; probability theory; reinforced concrete; reliability; safety factor; standard deviation; statistical analysis; strength
Structural safety is analyzed by means of a simple model of the design procedure. All potential uncertainties which may affect the safety are classified in 9 groups of errors. The characteristics of three different measures of structural safety are briefly discussed and particular emphasis is given to a new yardstick for safety, the "coefficient of variation of a structural design."