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Resilience of Bridges in Earthquake Regions

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Transportation networks constitute a very important civil infrastructure systems, considered vital for prosperity and development of the connected communities allowing the mobility of people, goods and services. Nevertheless, bridges are highly vulnerable to extreme natural hazards such as earthquakes and ...

Transportation networks constitute a very important civil infrastructure systems, considered vital for prosperity and development of the connected communities allowing the mobility of people, goods and services. Nevertheless, bridges are highly vulnerable to extreme natural hazards such as earthquakes and damage not only causes direct economic losses due to post-event bridge repair and retrofitting, but also produces indirect losses arising from network abnormal operation and traffic disruption. In cases of seismic events in societies with complex and coupled intercity transportation systems, the interdependency between citizens’ life and road functionality further amplifies the seismically induced loss. Therefore, it is a challenging issue of paramount importance to minimize these negative consequences and to quantify the seismic resilience of bridges, defined as their ability to withstand, adapt to, and rapidly recover after a disruptive earthquake.

This Research Topic aims to collect a series of novel approaches in the field of resilience of bridges in seismic prone zones including, but not limited to:
- Resilience estimation models;
- Practical design tools to be used in design practice for measuring and evaluating the resilience of bridges;
- Optimization, reliability and/or robustness, redundancy and damage-tolerant design;
- Probabilistic risk analysis and decision making;
- Improvement of resilience of bridges;
- Resilience of aged bridges


Keywords: Bridges, Earthquake Engineering, Seismic Risk Assessment, Resilience


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