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Entropy, Vol. 14, Pages 2578-2588: Reliability Analysis of Free Jet Scour Below Dams

Current formulas for calculating scour depth below of a free over fall are mostly deterministic in nature and do not adequately consider the uncertainties of various scouring parameters. A reliability-based assessment of scour, taking into account uncertainties of parameters and coefficients involved, should be performed. This paper studies the reliability of a dam foundation under the threat of scour. A model for calculating the reliability of scour and estimating the probability of failure of the dam foundation subjected to scour is presented. The Maximum Entropy Method is applied to construct the probability density function (PDF) of the performance function subject to the moment constraints. Monte Carlo simulation (MCS) is applied for uncertainty analysis. An example is considered, and there liability of its scour is computed, the influence of various random variables on the probability failure is analyzed.

Authors:   Li, Chuanqi ; Wang, Shuai ; Wang, Wei
Journal:   Entropy
Volume:   14
edition:   12
Year:   2012
Pages:   2578
DOI:   10.3390/e14122578
Publication date:   14-Dec-2012
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