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This new section aims to bridge the gap between numerical methods and computational mechanics in the broader field of structural engineering. Over the last few decades, tremendous progress has been made in the field of structural engineering, leading to the construction of systems of increasing complexity. At the same time, as our structural engineering needs have grown our aspirations continue to largely exceed our capabilities. With respect to the current and large, hardware-intensive systems, our ambition is to establish computational methods as an essential and salient tool for the accurate analysis of any complex structural system in engineering. In light of the above, the “Computational Methods in Structural Engineering” section will foster a forum dedicated to the dissemination of computational methods in the important field of engineering structures. It will cover any type of numerical techniques related to the finite element method; boundary element method; finite difference and finite volume methods; and all other mesh reduction methods. We aim to include both research and advanced practical topics, with particular emphasis on computational structural mechanics and their application to engineering problems. The scope of the section encompasses, but is not restricted to, the following areas: modeling in structural engineering; static and dynamic analysis of structures; structural stability; advances in structural mechanics; smart structures and systems; fire engineering; blast engineering; structural reliability; structural health monitoring and control; and optimization. The section will also welcome contributions on composite materials with particular application to engineering structures.
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Computational Methods in Structural Engineering welcomes submissions of the following article types: Book Review, Correction, Data Report, Editorial, General Commentary, Hypothesis and Theory, Methods, Mini Review, Opinion, Original Research, Perspective, Policy Brief, Protocols, Review, Specialty Grand Challenge and Technology Report.
All manuscripts must be submitted directly to the section Computational Methods in Structural Engineering, where they are peer-reviewed by the Associate and Review Editors of the specialty section.
Articles published in the section Computational Methods in Structural Engineering will benefit from the Frontiers impact and tiering system after online publication. Authors of published original research with the highest impact, as judged democratically by the readers, will be invited by the Chief Editor to write a Frontiers Focused Review - a tier-climbing article. This is referred to as "democratic tiering". The author selection is based on article impact analytics of original research published in all Frontiers specialty journals and sections. Focused Reviews are centered on the original discovery, place it into a broader context, and aim to address the wider community across all of Built Environment.