# Reliability-oriented sensitivity analysis under probabilistic model uncertainty – Application to aerospace systems

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- Nov 26, 2018
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- HAL
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- English
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## Abstract

Aerospace systems are complex engineering systems for which reliability has to be guaranteed at an early design phase, especially regarding the potential tremendous damage and costs that could be induced by any failure. Moreover, the management of various sources of uncertainties, either impacting the behavior of systems (“aleatory” uncertainty due to natural variability of physical phenomena) and/or their modeling and simulation (“epistemic” uncertainty due to lack of knowledge and modeling choices) is a cornerstone for reliability assessment of those systems. Thus, uncertainty quantification and its underlying methodology consists in several phases. Firstly, one needs to model and propagate uncertainties through the computer model which is considered as a “black-box”. Secondly, a relevant quantity of interest regarding the goal of the study, e.g., a failure probability here, has to be estimated. For highly-safe systems, the failure probability which is sought is very low and may be costly-to-estimate. Thirdly, a sensitivity analysis of the quantity of interest can be set up in order to better identify and rank the influential sources of uncertainties in input. Therefore, the probabilistic modeling of input variables (epistemic uncertainty) might strongly influence the value of the failure probability estimate obtained during the reliability analysis. A deeper investigation about the robustness of the probability estimate regarding such a type of uncertainty has to be conducted. This thesis addresses the problem of taking probabilistic modeling uncertainty of the stochastic inputs into account. Within the probabilistic framework, a “bi-level” input uncertainty has to be modeled and propagated all along the different steps of the uncertainty quantification methodology. In this thesis, the uncertainties are modeled within a Bayesian framework in which the lack of knowledge about the distribution parameters is characterized by the choice of a prior probability density function. During a first phase, after the propagation of the bi-level input uncertainty, the predictive failure probability is estimated and used as the current reliability measure instead of the standard failure probability. Then, during a second phase, a local reliability-oriented sensitivity analysis based on the use of score functions is achieved to study the impact of hyper-parameterization of the prior on the predictive failure probability estimate. Finally, in a last step, a global reliability-oriented sensitivity analysis based on Sobol indices on the indicator function adapted to the bi-level input uncertainty is proposed. All the proposed methodologies are tested and challenged on a representative industrial aerospace test-case simulating the fallout of an expendable space launcher.