Uncertainty in Industrial Practice: A guide to Quantitative Uncertainty Management

Uncertainty in Industrial Practice: A guide to Quantitative Uncertainty Management

Editor(s): Etienne de Rocquigny, Nicolas Devictor, Stefano Tarantola

Published Online: 1 MAY 2008

Print ISBN: 9780470994474

Online ISBN: 9780470770733

DOI: 10.1002/9780470770733

About this Book

Managing uncertainties in industrial systems is a daily challenge to ensure improved design, robust operation, accountable performance and responsive risk control. Authored by a leading European network of experts representing a cross section of industries, Uncertainty in Industrial Practice aims to provide a reference for the dissemination of uncertainty treatment in any type of industry. It is concerned with the quantification of uncertainties in the presence of data, model(s) and knowledge about the system, and offers a technical contribution to decision-making processes whilst acknowledging industrial constraints. The approach presented can be applied to a range of different business contexts, from research or early design through to certification or in-service processes. The authors aim to foster optimal trade-offs between literature-referenced methodologies and the simplified approaches often inevitable in practice, owing to data, time or budget limitations of technical decision-makers.

Uncertainty in Industrial Practice:

  • Features recent uncertainty case studies carried out in the nuclear, air & space, oil, mechanical and civil engineering industries set in a common methodological framework.
  • Presents methods for organizing and treating uncertainties in a generic and prioritized perspective.

  • Illustrates practical difficulties and solutions encountered according to the level of complexity, information available and regulatory and financial constraints.
  • Discusses best practice in uncertainty modeling, propagation and sensitivity analysis through a variety of statistical and numerical methods.
  • Reviews recent standards, references and available software, providing an essential resource for engineers and risk analysts in a wide variety of industries.

This book provides a guide to dealing with quantitative uncertainty in engineering and modelling and is aimed at practitioners, including risk-industry regulators and academics wishing to develop industry-realistic methodologies.

Table of contents

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  1. Part I: Common Methodological Framework

  2. Part II: Case Studies

  3. Part III: Methodological Review and Recommendations

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  4. Appendices

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