|Title||A translation model for non-stationary, non-Gaussian random processes|
|Publication Type||Journal Article|
|Year of Publication||2005|
|Authors||Ferrante F.J., Arwade SR, Graham-Brady L.L.|
|Journal||Probabilistic Engineering Mechanics|
|Keywords||Functionally graded materials, Inhomogeneous materials, Non-Gaussian processes, Non-stationary processes, Random media, Stochastic simulation, Translation processes|
A model for simulation of non-stationary, non-Gaussian processes based on non-linear translation of Gaussian random vectors is presented. This method is a generalization of traditional translation processes that includes the capability of simulating samples with spatially or temporally varying marginal probability density functions. A formal development of the properties of the resulting process includes joint probability density function, correlation distortion and lower and upper bounds that depend on the target marginal distributions. Examples indicate the possibility of exactly matching a wide range of marginal pdfs and second order moments through a simple interpolating algorithm. Furthermore, the application of the method in simulating statistically inhomogeneous random media is investigated, using the specific case of binary translation with stationary and non-stationary target correlations.