Special Issue "Evaluation and Mitigation of Seismic Risk for Existing Buildings, Structures, and Infrastructures"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (31 May 2020).
Interests: civil engineering; earthquake engineering; seismic design and analysis of structural and nonstructural components; vulnerability evaluation and retrofitting; seismic risk analysis; mitigation strategies; resilience and sustainability; experimental laboratory research and activities
The recent medium- and strong-intensity earthquakes have caused high economic losses and have highlighted the key role of the high vulnerability of the existing buildings (private or public, and strategic), structures, and infrastructures. Often, they have been designed without anti-seismic criteria or with old seismic criteria, and they have been responsible for a significant amount of seismic losses. Consequently, as a result of the high number of buildings, structures, and infrastructures requiring retrofitting interventions, mitigation strategies based on accurate approaches must be defined. In fact, despite recent research advances, significant improvements are still needed. Tools that can be directly applied must be developed and promoted.
In order to mitigate the seismic risk and reduce the direct and indirect losses, public administrations, private, insurance companies, banks, owners, and professionals, despite operating at different territorial scales, with different objectives and tools, should be perform a synergic work based on the rational criteria and tools. The effectiveness and reliability of the assessment, and the resulting seismic risk mitigation strategies should be based on tools and models that can simulate seismic effects, in terms of direct and indirect losses. To evaluate and mitigate the seismic risk for existing buildings, structures, and infrastructures, as well as different territorial scales (until to the analysis on single buildings), different kinds of models and different losses can be considered.
This Special Issue calls for high-quality unpublished research works related to different and advanced approaches for seismic risk mitigation. Potential topics include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Innovative, simple, fast, readily available, and economically sustainable retrofitting strategies and optimized rules;
- Definition of rational criteria for risk-mitigation policies;
- Allocation of the resources based on novel approaches and methods;
- Seismic vulnerability evaluation and retrofit of buildings, structures, and infrastructures;
- Structural control, monitoring, and assessment of structural damage;
- Seismic hazard analysis;
- Case studies.
Dr. Marco Vona
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- Vulnerability evaluation and retrofitting
- Seismic risk analysis and mitigation strategies
- Monitoring and structural damage evaluation
- Resilience and sustainability
- Seismic hazard analysis