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The seismic vulnerability of non-engineered and old civil structures (e.g., buildings and bridges) has been acknowledged across the globe, having posed extensive socioeconomic losses to different communities in multiple instances. Much attention has been focused on this topic worldwide from both societal and engineering perspectives. Considering that there are too many vulnerable structures worldwide and a majority of the owners have budget/time limitations to reconstruct these structures based on the modern design codes, seismic retrofit of these structures outweighs their reconstruction. However, the feasibility, seismic damage mitigation capability, and cost-effectiveness of retrofit measures need to be proven before their implementation in actual structures. Such factors are most effectively investigated through extensive experimental testing, seismic vulnerability assessments, and seismic risk assessments.

This Research Topic "Seismic Risk Analysis and Seismic Retrofit of Structures" aims at presenting a broad range of research articles and case studies centering around the recent advances in the realm of seismic risk analysis and seismic retrofit of structures. The increasing demands to improve the resiliency of existing structures against earthquake events considering limited budget and time has encouraged the decision-makers and, consequently, researchers to develop novel risk-based asset management methodologies. Examples include utilizing seismic risk analyses to prioritize the structures with the highest seismic risks for seismic retrofit or to optimize the seismic retrofit design of structures to minimize their seismic risk. A compiled set of publications on this important topic is currently missing in the literature. Therefore, devoting this Research Topic in Frontiers in Built Environment to this topic can significantly help with further state-of-the-art research in these areas and could assist the structural design practitioners and decision-makers, as well.

All structural types, including but not limited to adobe and masonry, reinforced concrete, steel, and timber are included in this Research Topic. Studies on heritage buildings are also taken into consideration for possible publication. The advanced works in each step of the seismic risk assessment process, including hazard analysis, structural analysis, fragility analysis, and loss estimation are considered. Moreover, the studies concerning both manmade and natural earthquake events are of interest. Works on the problems and benefits of seismic retrofit methods, and relevant case studies, on both small and large scales, are welcomed. The application of vibration control systems for the seismic performance improvement of structures is among the interests. Both numerical and experimental studies are considered for this Research Topic. The studies highlighting the role of seismic retrofit and seismic risk analysis in the context of resiliency and sustainability are prioritized.

Keywords: Seismic Risk Analysis, Vulnerability Assessment, Seismic Retrofit, Structural Vibration Control, Seismic Resilience Assessment, Fragility Curve


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

The seismic vulnerability of non-engineered and old civil structures (e.g., buildings and bridges) has been acknowledged across the globe, having posed extensive socioeconomic losses to different communities in multiple instances. Much attention has been focused on this topic worldwide from both societal and engineering perspectives. Considering that there are too many vulnerable structures worldwide and a majority of the owners have budget/time limitations to reconstruct these structures based on the modern design codes, seismic retrofit of these structures outweighs their reconstruction. However, the feasibility, seismic damage mitigation capability, and cost-effectiveness of retrofit measures need to be proven before their implementation in actual structures. Such factors are most effectively investigated through extensive experimental testing, seismic vulnerability assessments, and seismic risk assessments.

This Research Topic "Seismic Risk Analysis and Seismic Retrofit of Structures" aims at presenting a broad range of research articles and case studies centering around the recent advances in the realm of seismic risk analysis and seismic retrofit of structures. The increasing demands to improve the resiliency of existing structures against earthquake events considering limited budget and time has encouraged the decision-makers and, consequently, researchers to develop novel risk-based asset management methodologies. Examples include utilizing seismic risk analyses to prioritize the structures with the highest seismic risks for seismic retrofit or to optimize the seismic retrofit design of structures to minimize their seismic risk. A compiled set of publications on this important topic is currently missing in the literature. Therefore, devoting this Research Topic in Frontiers in Built Environment to this topic can significantly help with further state-of-the-art research in these areas and could assist the structural design practitioners and decision-makers, as well.

All structural types, including but not limited to adobe and masonry, reinforced concrete, steel, and timber are included in this Research Topic. Studies on heritage buildings are also taken into consideration for possible publication. The advanced works in each step of the seismic risk assessment process, including hazard analysis, structural analysis, fragility analysis, and loss estimation are considered. Moreover, the studies concerning both manmade and natural earthquake events are of interest. Works on the problems and benefits of seismic retrofit methods, and relevant case studies, on both small and large scales, are welcomed. The application of vibration control systems for the seismic performance improvement of structures is among the interests. Both numerical and experimental studies are considered for this Research Topic. The studies highlighting the role of seismic retrofit and seismic risk analysis in the context of resiliency and sustainability are prioritized.

Keywords: Seismic Risk Analysis, Vulnerability Assessment, Seismic Retrofit, Structural Vibration Control, Seismic Resilience Assessment, Fragility Curve


Important Note: All contributions to this Research Topic must be within the scope of the section and journal to which they are submitted, as defined in their mission statements. Frontiers reserves the right to guide an out-of-scope manuscript to a more suitable section or journal at any stage of peer review.

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