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    Course Overview

    Introduction to Non-Deterministic Approaches


    This course is offered as an introduction to methods and techniques used for modeling uncertainty. Fundamentals of probability and statistics are covered briefly to lay the groundwork, followed by overviews of each of the major branches of uncertainty assessment used to support component and system level life cycle activities, including: design, analysis, optimization, fabrication, testing, maintenance, qualification, and certification. Branches of Non-Deterministic Approaches (NDA) to be covered include: Fast Probability Methods (e.g., FORM, SORM, Advanced Mean Value, etc.), simulation methods such as Monte Carlo and Importance Sampling, surrogate methods such as Response Surface, as well as more advanced topics such as system reliability, time-dependent reliability, probabilistic finite element analysis, and reliability-based design. An overview of emerging non-probabilistic methods for performing uncertainty analysis will also be presented.

    Key Topics:

    • Uncertainty and its role in engineering design and analysis
    • Fundamentals of probability and statistics including distribution selection
    • Classical and modern structural reliability including simulation methods
    • Surrogate models such as Response Surface and Kriging
    • Reliability-based design and optimization
    • Non-probabilistic methods

    Who Should Attend:

    This course is intended primarily for both engineers and managers involved with uncertainty modeling who are interested in learning about the far reaching capabilities of Non-Deterministic Approaches as taught from a broad perspective. Those individuals who will be attending the Annual Non-Deterministic Approaches Conference will benefit greatly from the layout of the course as it will provide a coherent overview of current and previous activity in Non-Deterministic Approaches.

    Course Information:

    Type of Course: Instructor-Led Short Course
    Course Level: Fundamentals

    Course scheduling available in the following formats:

    • Course at Conference
    • On-site Course
    • Stand-alone/Public Course

    Course Length: 2 days
    AIAA CEU's available: yes