Special Issue "Smart, Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructures, Volume II"

A special issue of Infrastructures (ISSN 2412-3811). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Infrastructures".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 April 2023 | Viewed by 477

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Assed Haddad
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Civil and Environmental Engineering, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Rio de Janeiro 21941, Brazil
Interests: sustainability; construction; optimization; risk; energy efficiency
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Dr. Ana Evangelista
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School of Civil Engineering, Engineering Institute of Technology, Marquis Street, Bentley, WA 6012, Australia‎
Interests: sustainability in construction; recycled concrete; engineering materials
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Prof. Dr. Bruno Barzellay Ferreira da Costa
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Instituto Politécnico, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, 27930-560 Macaé, Brazil
Interests: built environment; sustainable infrastructure; sustainable buildings; sustainable construction management; daylighting; smart cities; sustainable cities; MCDM techniques

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The design, construction, operation, and maintenance of urban infrastructure are permanent activities that shape the built environment and impact the sustainability of cities because they are typically large projects and have a high level of intervention. More recently, infrastructure projects have been developed in an environment in which there is a growing demand from society and the production system for smarter, more sustainable, and resilient cities. This, combined with global challenges such as those imposed by climate change, has accelerated urban growth and continued to transform the urban space and technological development. All these demands have intensified the need for new approaches and methods aimed at increasing the intelligence, sustainability, and resilience of urban infrastructure. Optimization, simulation, decision making, and several other tools and methods have been used to address these challenges. New features such as Industry 4.0, automation, and blockchain are key modern features included in recent studies and publications that are also expected to emerge in the design, planning, and operation of modern infrastructures.

The purpose of this Special Issue is to integrate the three complementary axes of intelligence, sustainability, and resilience through two key themes: the first focusing on improving the efficiency and effectiveness of the design, construction, operation, monitoring, and maintenance processes; and the second focusing on improving infrastructure performance.

Contributions are welcome from academics, practitioners, and students from any discipline or country; multidisciplinary contributions are encouraged. Topics of interest for this Special Issue include, but are not limited to:

  • Infrastructure life-cycle sustainability assessment;
  • Life-cycle costing;
  • Infrastructure projects and works;
  • Technology and design innovation;
  • Sensing technologies, real-time data acquisition, and analysis;
  • Smart infrastructure management systems;
  • Building information modelling;
  • Cleaner and lean production;
  • Smart and sustainable infrastructure project management practices;
  • Smart and sustainable design, construction, operation, maintenance, and decommissioning practices;
  • Sustainability indicators;
  • Methodologies and tools to reduce the environmental, economic, and social impacts of infrastructure projects;
  • Drivers for increasing the intelligence, sustainability, and resilience of infrastructure projects;
  • Green infrastructure;
  • Optimization, simulation, and decision-making methods;
  • Advanced design, construction, operation, and maintenance techniques;
  • Infrastructure safety;
  • Structural health monitoring;
  • Case studies;
  • Blockchain.

Dr. Assed N. Haddad
Dr. Ana Evangelista
Prof. Dr. Bruno Barzellay Ferreira da Costa
Guest Editors

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Radioactive Waste Immobilization Using Vitreous Materials for Facilities in a Safe and Resilient Infrastructure Classified by Multivariate Exploratory Analyses
Infrastructures 2022, 7(9), 120; https://doi.org/10.3390/infrastructures7090120 - 13 Sep 2022
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A database of 479 glass formulations used to immobilize radioactive wastes for facilities in a safe and resilient infrastructure was analyzed, searching for underlying statistical patterns and associated glass performance features. The analyzed data cover many oxides, including SiO2, B2 [...] Read more.
A database of 479 glass formulations used to immobilize radioactive wastes for facilities in a safe and resilient infrastructure was analyzed, searching for underlying statistical patterns and associated glass performance features. The analyzed data cover many oxides, including SiO2, B2O3, Na2O, Fe2O3, and some fluorides. Borosilicates were the most common glasses (60.1%), while silicates were only 11.9%. In addition to these two families, five radioactive waste vitrification matrices were identified: Boroaluminosilicates, iron phosphates, aluminosilicates, sodium iron phosphates, and boroaluminates, totaling seven glass families. Almost all compositions (97.7%) contained sodium oxide, followed by silica (91.4%), iron (82.7%), boron (73.7%), phosphorus (54.9%), and cesium oxides (26.1%). Multivariate exploratory methods were applied to analyze and classify glass compositions using hierarchical and non-hierarchical (K-means) clusters and principal component analysis. Four main clusters were observed, the largest comprising 417 formulations containing mainly silicates, borosilicates, aluminosilicates, and boroaluminosilicates; two principal components, representing 73.75% of all compositions, emerge from these four clusters derived from a covariance analysis. The principal components and four clusters may be associated with the following glass features in terms of glass compositions: liquidus temperature, glass transition temperature, density, resistivity, microhardness, and viscosity. Some general underlying properties emerged from our classification and are discussed. Full article
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