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The use of predictive likelihood to estimate the distribution of extreme bridge traffic load effect
Caprani, Colin C.; O'Brien, Eugene J.
To assess the safety of an existing bridge, the loads to which it may be subject in its lifetime are required. Statistical analysis is used to extrapolate a sample of load effect values from the simulation period to the required design period. Complex statistical methods are often used and the end result is usually a single value of characteristic load effect. Such a deterministic result is at odds with the underlying stochastic nature of the problem. In this paper, predictive likelihood is shown to be a method by which the distribution of the lifetime extreme load effect may be determined. An estimate of the distributions of lifetime maximum load effect facilitates the reliability approach to bridge assessment. Results are presented for some cases of bridge loading, compared to a return period approach and significant differences identified. The implications for the assessment of existing bridges are discussed. European Research Council Record must link to the DOI version - DG 09/07/10 ti ke SB. 23/7/10
Keyword(s): Bridge; Statistics; Load; Predictive likelihood; Probabilistic; Extreme value; Traffic; Monte Carlo; Simulation; Bridges--Live loads; Structural dynamics--Statistical methods; Extreme value theory
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Type: Journal article
Peer-Reviewed: Unknown
Language(s): English
Institution: University College Dublin
Publisher(s): Elsevier
File Format(s): other; application/pdf
First Indexed: 2012-08-25 05:19:59 Last Updated: 2018-10-11 15:38:11