About this Research Topic
Recent earthquake events around the world have highlighted the need for seismic analysis and design approaches that not only ensure life-safety during rare earthquake events, but also effectively control the likely damage, or performance, of structures as a function of acceptable levels of seismic risk. The seismic performance of storage tanks, silos, pipelines, racks and non-structural elements is of paramount importance in industrial plants not only for the economic value of these structures and their contents, and for the consequences on environment and man's health, but also because, very frequently, they are crucial for the management and functioning of emergency services after seismic events. Interruption in the delivery of oil products or water supplies could limit the effectiveness of services such as hospitals or fire stations that depend upon these products.
The focus of this Research Topic is on recent advances in analysis methods, modeling approaches, design solutions and constructive details for the seismic vulnerability and risk assessment of structural and non-structural components in industrial plants. The submitted papers can also report on significant developments in the field of experimental testing and verification of such components, including test methods, new technologies, interpretation of experimental results, as well as their applications in earthquake engineering problems. The main objective of this Research Topic is to contribute to the knowledge about the seismic vulnerability and risk of industrial facilities, providing new insights on how to improve the seismic design of new plants and the seismic retrofitting of existing ones.
Potential topics include, but are not limited to:
• Structural analysis of industrial facilities
• Buckling analysis
• Structural design of steel and concrete tanks and silos
• Seismic performance of industrial facilities
• Seismic assessment and retrofitting design of existing industrial structures
• Seismic risk and loss estimation in industrial plants
• Simplified and detailed modeling tools applied to structural and non-structural elements
• Experimental testing for mechanical characterisation of materials used in industrial plants
• Experimental testing on tanks, silos, pipelines and non-structural elements
• Repair and retrofitting techniques applied to tanks, silos and pipelines
• Seismic protection systems for industrial facilities
Keywords: tanks, pipelines, racks, silos, wind turbines, risk scenario, earthquake vulnerability, earthquake damages, floor spectra, non-building structures, non-structural components, buckling limit stages, earthquake engineering, performance-based
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