Simplified procedure for reliability-based robust geotechnical design of drilled shafts in clay using spreadsheet

Sara Khoshnevisan, Lei Wang, C. Hsein Juang

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Abstract

This paper provides a simplified procedure for reliability-based robust geotechnical design (RGD) using spreadsheet. In the RGD methodology, design robustness is achieved by adjusting “design parameters” without reducing the uncertainties in noise factors. This design approach generally involves a multi-objective optimisation, which is computationally challenging. To improve the efficiency of the RGD methodology, the design robustness is evaluated in terms of sensitivity index and the safety requirement is evaluated using mean value first order second moment (MFOSM). To ease the concern that the reliability index obtained with MFOSM may not be sufficiently accurate, a mapping function that relates MFOSM to a more accurate method such as first order reliability method is introduced. To further improve the efficiency of the proposed simplified RGD method, a new simplified procedure along with a more accurate robustness measure is developed that eliminates the need for multi-objective optimisation. With these modifications, the proposed simplified RGD method can efficiently be implemented in a single Excel spreadsheet. The proposed simplified method, which goes beyond any existing reliability-based RGD methods in terms of ease of use and computational efficiency, is illustrated in this paper with an example of robust design of drilled shaft in clay.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)121-134
Number of pages14
JournalGeorisk
Volume10
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - 2 Apr 2016

Keywords

  • Drilled shaft
  • limit state
  • reliability
  • robust design
  • spreadsheet

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