Model Error Quantification for Reliability-Based Design 2007-01-1743
This paper proposes a methodology to estimate errors in computational models and to include them in reliability-based design optimization (RBDO). Various sources of uncertainties, errors and approximations in model form selection and numerical solution are considered. The solution approximation error is quantified based on the model itself while the model form error is quantified based on the comparison of model prediction with physical observations using an interpolated resampling approach. The error in reliability analysis is also quantified and included in the RBDO formulation. The proposed methods are illustrated through numerical examples.