Special Issue "New Trends on Non-destructive Testing in Construction"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 September 2023 | Viewed by 1850

Special Issue Editors

Dept. of Applied and Computational Mechanics, Faculty of Engineering, University of Juiz de Fora, Minas Gerais 36036-900, Brazil
Interests: structural health monitoring; data science; damage detection
Department of Civil Engineering, School of Engineering, Polytechnic of Porto, 4200-072 Porto, Portugal
Interests: railway infrastructures; dynamic testing; damage identification; remote inspection; data science
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Department of Civil Engineering, Wroclaw Unversity of Science and Technology, 50370 Wroclaw, Poland
Interests: machine learning; nondestructive testing; cementitious composites; civil engineering

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

In this Special Issue, we invite original contributions describing new research, case studies, projects, reviews, and state-of-the-art discussions related to non-destructive testing in Construction.

Engineering constructions gradually deteriorate over time due to climatic influences, excessive loads, and natural aging processes. To increase reliability and safety and to address constructive and non-constructive maintenance issues, a variety of non-destructive testing methods have been researched and developed over the past few years since damage to a structural element may result in improper operation of the entire construction.

Hence, the development of single and/or integrated measuring techniques, innovative NDT approaches in construction, and sophisticated signal processing and modeling are the main topics of this Special Issue. The goal is to compile the knowledge of the research communities in civil engineering on the most recent developments and trends in the field of non-destructive diagnostics of structures and their constituent parts.

Submissions should concern applied research in areas such as building physics, material science, engineering, architecture, or other related fields.

We welcome papers on the following and related topics, including but not limited to:

  • Condition assessment of civil structures, as well as connections of structural elements.
  • Diagnostics of cultural heritage monuments.
  • Testing of structures made of novel materials.
  • Structural health monitoring systems.
  • Integration of non-destructive testing methods (e.g., guided waves, ground penetrating radar, acoustic emission, thermography).
  • Advanced signal processing for NDT.
  • Damage detection and damage imaging.
  • Modeling and numerical analyses for supporting SHM systems.
  • Diagnosis and characterization of damage to building materials and structures; in situ field test methods, non-destructive techniques, laboratory tests and analysis.
  • Testing and/or development of treatments, products, or solutions; assessment of short and/or long-term effects; preventive conservation.
  • New methodologies, digital and innovative technologies, building information modeling (BIM).
  • Remote inspection: unmanned aerial systems, ground, and submersible robots

Prof. Dr. Alexandre Cury
Prof. Dr. Diogo Ribeiro
Dr. Sławomir Czarnecki
Guest Editors

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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 2600 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.


  • nondestructive testing
  • vibration-based identification methods
  • acoustic methods
  • remote inspection
  • modelling algorithms
  • novel testing techniques

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Effects of Environmental and Operational Conditions on Structural Health Monitoring and Non-Destructive Testing: A Systematic Review
Buildings 2023, 13(4), 918; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings13040918 - 30 Mar 2023
Cited by 3 | Viewed by 1527
The development of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) techniques has rapidly evolved and matured over the past few decades. Advances in sensor technology have facilitated deploying SHM systems for large-scale structures and local NDT of structural members. Although both methods [...] Read more.
The development of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM) and Non-Destructive Testing (NDT) techniques has rapidly evolved and matured over the past few decades. Advances in sensor technology have facilitated deploying SHM systems for large-scale structures and local NDT of structural members. Although both methods have been successfully applied to identify structural damage in various systems, Environmental and Operational Condition (EOC) variations can influence sensor measurements and mask damage signatures in the structural response. EOCs include environmental conditions, such as temperature, humidity, and wind, as well as operational conditions, such as mass loading, vibration, and boundary conditions. The effect of EOCs can significantly undermine the reliability and robustness of damage assessment technologies and limit their performance. Thus, successful SHM and NDT systems can compensate for changing EOCs. This paper provides a state-of-the-art review of the effects of EOCs on SHM and NDT systems. It presents recent developments in advanced sensing technology, signal processing, and analysis techniques that aim to eliminate the masking effect of EOC variations and increase the damage sensitivity and performance of SHM and NDT systems. The paper concludes with current research challenges, trends, and recommendations for future research directions. Full article
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