WIT Press


Numerical Simulation Of Structures Using Generalized Models For Data Uncertainty

Price

Free (open access)

Paper DOI

10.2495/CMEM090461

Volume

48

Pages

11

Page Range

511 - 521

Published

2009

Size

867 kb

Author(s)

W. Graf, J.-U. Sickert & F. Steinigen

Abstract

The challenging task in computational engineering is to model and predict numerically the behaviour of engineering structures in a realistic manner. Beside sophisticated computationalmodels and numerical procedures to map physical phenomena and processes onto structural responses, an adequate description of available data covering the content of provided information is of prime importance. Generally, the availability of information in engineering practice is limited due to available resources. Far beyond the capability to specify crisp values, data are imprecise, diffuse, fluctuating, incomplete, fragmentary and frequently expert specified. Beside objective characteristics like randomness, available data are influenced by subjectivity to a considerable extend. This impedes the specification of probabilistic models with crisp parameter values to describe the uncertainty. Applying imprecise probabilities objective components of the uncertainty as well as subjective components can be considered simultaneously. A sophisticated procedure to handle imprecise probabilities provide the uncertainty model fuzzy randomness. Since fuzziness, randomness, and fuzzy randomness can be processed simultaneously, it is denoted as generalized uncertainty model. The models are demonstrated by means of a numerical example to emphasize their features and to underline their applicability. Keywords: computational methods, numerical simulation, data uncertainty.

Keywords

computational methods, numerical simulation, data uncertainty.