Course Syllabus for

Reliability of Structures
Tillförlitlighet hos konstruktioner

VBK001F, 7.5 credits

Valid from: Autumn 2014
Decided by: FN3/Per Tunestål
Date of establishment: 2014-02-06

General Information

Division: Structural Engineering
Course type: Third-cycle course
Teaching language: English


The purpose with the course is to present a systematic, statistical methodology to analyse and handle safety problems in structural engineering. Such a methodology has been developed during the last 30 years in the field of Structural Reliability, which nowadays is widely employed in advanced civil and mechanical engineering applications. Even if the course will focus on Structural Reliability, the general methodology is applicable for a large variety of other engineering problems which can be described by mathematical models.


Knowledge and Understanding

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Competences and Skills

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Judgement and Approach

For a passing grade the doctoral student must

Course Contents

The course includes • Fundamentals in probability theory • Reliability assessment and uncertainties • Solution methods for the generalised reliability problem • Reliability of structural systems • Time dependent reliability • Modelling of loads and load effects • Resistance modelling • Code calibration • Evaluation of existing structures The course presents a systematic, statistical methodology to analyze and evaluate uncertainties related to safety and performance in structural engineering applications, as support for design with respect to load bearing capacity, deflections, vibration and durability.

Course Literature

Instruction Details

Types of instruction: Lectures, exercises, project. The course is based on lectures, exercises and a major project assignment. The student can choose application area in the project assignment according to interest. Special computer software for reliability analysis is used in the course.

Examination Details

Examination formats: Written exam, written report. The examination is based on a written exam together with evaluation of the report from the project assignment.
Grading scale: Failed, pass

Admission Details

Admission requirements: Masters degree in Civil Engineering or correspondent
Selection criteria: Ph.D-students within the Swedish Building Universities (LTH, KTH, LTU, Chalmers) are priority

Further Information

The course is given every 4 years

Course Occasion Information

Contact and Other Information

Course coordinator: Oskar Larsson Ivanov <>

Complete view