Special Issue "Computational Modeling Strategies for Seismic Assessment of Unreinforced, Reinforced, and Confined Masonry Structures"

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Structures".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 1 May 2022.

Special Issue Editors

Dr. Bora Pulatsu
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Guest Editor
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Carleton University, Ottawa, ON K1S 5B6, Canada
Interests: advanced computational modelling; structural analysis of masonry structures; testing and simulation of sustainable building materials/structures
Dr. Semih Gonen
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Guest Editor
Faculty of Technology, Art and Design, Department of Civil Engineering and Energy Technology, Civil Engineering, Oslo Metropolitan University, Oslo, Norway
Interests: masonry structures; seismic assessment of infrastructures; structural reliability; structural health monitoring; optimal sensor placement for structural identification and damage detection; machine learning
Prof. Dr. Fulvio Parisi
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Guest Editor
Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture, University of Naples Federico II, 80125 Naples, Italy
Interests: seismic analysis of masonry structures; earthquake protection of cultural heritage; soil–structure interaction; structural retrofitting with innovative materials; multihazard vulnerability of masonry and reinforced concrete structures; structural robustness; structural health monitoring and damage detection; machine learning and artificial intelligence techniques; multihazard risk and resilience of civil infrastructure

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to submit a contribution to the Special Issue “Computational Modeling Strategies for Seismic Assessment of Unreinforced, Reinforced, and Confined Masonry Structures”.

A significant portion of existing masonry structures, ranging from residential buildings to cultural heritage constructions, are vulnerable to seismic actions due to their material properties, structural characteristics, and deterioration. The preservation and conservation of these structures necessitates a thorough understanding of their seismic behavior, involving both simplified and advanced computational approaches. Given the lack of practicality and economic issues of full-scale physical experiments, numerical simulations of masonry structures stand as an active research area. In the last several decades, various modeling approaches (e.g., finite, discrete, and macro-element methods) have been proposed to predict the seismic behavior of masonry structures with different levels of complexity and accuracy.

In this regard, this Special Issue aims to collect the most recent developments and knowledge in computational structural mechanics associated with the seismic assessment of masonry structures. We invite original contributions to the seismic assessment of unreinforced, reinforced, and confined masonry structures using up-to-date computational modeling strategies, case studies, and critical literature reviews.

Dr. Bora Pulatsu
Dr. Semih Gonen
Prof. Dr. Fulvio Parisi
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.

Submitted manuscripts should not have been published previously, nor be under consideration for publication elsewhere (except conference proceedings papers). All manuscripts are thoroughly refereed through a single-blind peer-review process. A guide for authors and other relevant information for submission of manuscripts is available on the Instructions for Authors page. Buildings is an international peer-reviewed open access monthly journal published by MDPI.

Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1600 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.


  • seismic assessment
  • nonlinear response analysis
  • finite element analysis
  • discrete element modeling
  • fiber element modeling
  • macro-element modeling
  • computational modeling
  • masonry structures
  • nonlinear time history analysis
  • stochastic analysis
  • performance assessment
  • pushover analysis

Published Papers

This special issue is now open for submission.
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