This volume contains eighteen selected papers presented at the Second International Conference on Stochastic Structural Dynamics, which are related to new practical applications in the field. This and a companion volume, related to new theoretical developments, constitute the proceedings of the conference, and reflect the state of the art of the rapidly developing subject. The conference was held in Boca Raton, Florida during May 9-11, 1990 hosted by the Center for Applied Stochastic Research of Florida Atlantic University. A total of 20 technical sessions were organized, and attended by eighty participants from 12 countries. Special emphases of the conference were placed on two areas: applications to earthquake engineering and stochastic stability of nonlinear systems. Two sessions were dedicated to the memory of late Professor Frank Kozin, one of the founders and most active contributors to the stochastic stability theory. We are indebted to the National Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (NCEER) for financial support. Most credit belongs to each of the authors whose contributions were the very basis for the undoubted success of the conference. We are grateful to the reviewers who carefully refereed the contributions for these two volumes. Our special thanks are due to Mrs. Christine Mikulski, who carried out all the necessary secretarial tasks associated with the conference with dedication.
Stochastic Dynamics of Soil Liquefaction.- Extreme Peak Distribution and Its Applications in Stochastic Structural Dynamics Problems.- Statistical Quadratization for Nonlinear Systems in Offshore Engineering.- Probability of Liquefaction Spread.- Nonstationary Random Vibrations: Approximate Spectral Formulation Versus Exact Theory.- FFT-Based Simulation of Multi-Variate Nonstationary Random Processes.- Predicting the Fatigue Life of Offshore Structures by the Single-Moment Spectral Method.- On the Computation of the Stochastic Response of Highly Nonlinear Large MDOF-Systems Modeled by Finite Elements.- Reliability Estimate of Linear Oscillator with Uncertain Input Parameters.- A Stochastic Finite Element Analysis for the Seismic Response of Soil Sites.- Stochastic Aspects of Bridge Deck Aeroelasticity under Turbulent Flow.- Computational Stochastic Structural Analysis - A Contribution to the Software Development for the Reliability Assessment of Structures under Dynamic Loading.- First Passage Problem: A Probabilistic Dynamic Analysis for Hot Aerospace Components.- Stability Investigation of Long-Span Bridges using Indicial Functions with Oscillatory Terms.- On Flow-Induced Vibration of a Circular Cylinder Placed near a Plane Boundary.- Instantaneous Optimal Control with Acceleration and Velocity Feedback.- Effect of Spatial Variability and Propagation of Seismic Ground Motions on the Response of Multiply Supported Structures.- A Stochastic Finite Element Method for Real Eigenvalue Problems.