Methods for risk and reliability analysis

Larry Mays

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Abstract

Recently, there has been considerable emphasis on the state of decay in the nation's infrastructure because of its importance to society's needs and industrial growth. Water distribution systems are one of the many kinds of infrastructure systems amenable to higher levels of serviceability. Conventional design methods often fail to recognize, analyze, and account for, systematically, the effects of the various uncertainties that prevail in the design and operation of water distribution systems. Because of the existence of design and operation uncertainties, water distribution systems have an associated risk or probability of failure and an associated reliability or probability of not failing. The definition of failure can take on several meanings for a water distribution system, ranging from not meeting required pressure heads to the mechanical failure of a pipe or component. For water distribution systems, there are no universally accepted definitions for risk or reliability. The purpose of this paper is to review methods for risk and reliability evaluation of water distribution systems.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationRisk-Based Decision Making in Water Resources, Proceedings of theConference
EditorsYacov Y. Haimes, David A. Moser, Z. Stakhiv
PublisherPubl by ASCE
Pages26-44
Number of pages19
ISBN (Print)0784400326
StatePublished - Dec 1 1994
EventProceedings of the 6th Conference on Risk-Based Decision Making in Water Resources - Santa Barbara, CA, USA
Duration: Oct 31 1993Nov 5 1993

Publication series

NameRisk-Based Decision Making in Water Resources, Proceedings of theConference

Other

OtherProceedings of the 6th Conference on Risk-Based Decision Making in Water Resources
CitySanta Barbara, CA, USA
Period10/31/9311/5/93

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Environmental Science(all)
  • Earth and Planetary Sciences(all)

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    Mays, L. (1994). Methods for risk and reliability analysis. In Y. Y. Haimes, D. A. Moser, & Z. Stakhiv (Eds.), Risk-Based Decision Making in Water Resources, Proceedings of theConference (pp. 26-44). (Risk-Based Decision Making in Water Resources, Proceedings of theConference). Publ by ASCE.