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Entropy 2012, 14(12), 2578-2588; doi:10.3390/e14122578

Reliability Analysis of Free Jet Scour Below Dams

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School of Civil Engineering, Shandong University, Jinan 250014, China
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Received: 29 October 2012 / Revised: 3 December 2012 / Accepted: 11 December 2012 / Published: 14 December 2012
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Current formulas for calculating scour depth below of a free over fall are mostly deterministic in nature and do not adequately consider the uncertainties of various scouring parameters. A reliability-based assessment of scour, taking into account uncertainties of parameters and coefficients involved, should be performed. This paper studies the reliability of a dam foundation under the threat of scour. A model for calculating the reliability of scour and estimating the probability of failure of the dam foundation subjected to scour is presented. The Maximum Entropy Method is applied to construct the probability density function (PDF) of the performance function subject to the moment constraints. Monte Carlo simulation (MCS) is applied for uncertainty analysis. An example is considered, and there liability of its scour is computed, the influence of various random variables on the probability failure is analyzed.
Keywords: free over fall jet; scour; reliability analysis; maximum entropy method; Monte Carlo simulation free over fall jet; scour; reliability analysis; maximum entropy method; Monte Carlo simulation
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Li, C.; Wang, S.; Wang, W. Reliability Analysis of Free Jet Scour Below Dams. Entropy 2012, 14, 2578-2588.

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