About this Research Topic
The resilience of bridges, structures and infrastructure is a key factor for resilience to natural hazards and extreme events such as earthquakes. Structural safety is highly affected by inadequate design, material defects due to aggressive environments, and excessive loading. In case of disastrous events, it is essential to ensure that key assets such as bridges and other transportation infrastructure as well as buildings of high importance (e.g. hospitals) are functionable to enable the quick recovery of critical operations.
Recent catastrophic events have highlighted the vulnerability of exiting bridges, structures, and infrastructure. Many of these structures are damaged from previous actions or have been designed without code provisions or with old obsolete code provisions. Also, in most of these cases there is the lack of systematic monitoring and inspection therefore, the vulnerability of substandard and deteriorated structures exposed in aggressive environments is of high concern.
The main objective of this issue is to obtain an overview of the latest scientific advancements and professional activities in vulnerability assessment, advanced materials and strengthening and rehabilitation strategies aimed towards safe and sustainable bridges, structures, and infrastructures.
We would like to invite authors with different backgrounds and targeted knowledge to submit abstracts related to the following topics:
-Risk and Resilience Assessment: Evaluation of the existing methods and development of new reliable and effective procedures for the assessment of the risk assessment and resilience under natural hazards aiming to prioritise and select strengthening applications.
-Advanced Repair and Strengthening of Techniques: Development of innovative repair and strengthening techniques using novel composite and high-performance materials for the improvement of structural performance and durability.
-Novel Rehabilitation Strategies: Evaluation of effectiveness and proposal of new global rehabilitation solutions to tackle structural defects using additional structural elements, dampers and/or seismic isolation devices.
Keywords: Structural Resilience, Sustainability, Natural Hazards, Repair and Strengthening, Novel High Performance Materials
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