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Predictive Likelihood Paper Published

12 January, 2010 (16:20) | General

In a good start to the new year, the paper The use of predictive likelihood to estimate the distribution of extreme bridge traffic load effect has been published in Structural Safety. It was first submitted in December 2007 so it’s great that it has been given page numbers at last! It has been published in Vol. 32(2) March 2010 issue of Structural Safety, pages 138-144.

Even though it’s been a long wait, Structural Safety is a well-reputed journal with an impact factor of 1.47 (2009) which is very high for a civil-engineering journal. The paper is available here, but may require a purchase if you don’t have an institutional login:

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 distribution 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.

The full reference is:

Caprani, C.C., OBrien, E.J. (2010), ‘The Use of Predictive Likelihood to Estimate the Distribution of Extreme Bridge Traffic Load Effect’, Structural Safety, Vol. 32(2), March, pp. 138-144.



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