Structural Reliability: An Assessment Using a New and Efficient Two-Phase Method Based on Artificial Neural Network and a Harmony Search Algorithm

Document Type : Research Papers


1 M.Sc. of Structural Engineering, University of Sistan and Baluchestan

2 PhD of Civil Engineering Department of Civil Engineering University of Sistan and Baluchetsan

3 Msc of Computer science. Department of Mathematics, university of Lorestan

4 M.Sc. of Hydrolic Structures, University of Sistan and Baluchestan


In this research, a two-phase algorithm based on the artificial neural network (ANN) and a harmony search (HS) algorithm has been developed with the aim of assessing the reliability of structures with implicit limit state functions. The proposed method involves the generation of datasets to be used specifically for training by Finite Element analysis, to establish an ANN model using a proven ANN model in the reliability assessment process as an analyzer for structures, and finally estimate the reliability index and failure probability by using the HS algorithm, without any requirements for the explicit form of limit state function. The proposed algorithm is investigated here, and its accuracy and efficiency are demonstrated by using several numerical examples. The results obtained show that the proposed algorithm gives an appropriate estimate for the assessment of reliability of structures.


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Volume 49, Issue 1
June 2016
Pages 1-20
  • Receive Date: 19 October 2013
  • Revise Date: 15 September 2015
  • Accept Date: 18 November 2015
  • First Publish Date: 01 June 2016