Smart Materials for Sustainable Infrastructures

A special issue of Infrastructures (ISSN 2412-3811).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (28 February 2023) | Viewed by 706

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Full Professor of Materials Science and Engineering, Corrosion Engineering and Materials (ENCOMAT) Group, Universidade de Vigo, Campus Universitario As Lagoas, Marcosende, 36310 Vigo, Spain
Interests: smart materials; corrosion phenomena; materials characterization; electrochemical techniques

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School of Engineering, The University of British Columbia, 1137 Alumni Avenue, EME 4242, Kelowna, BC V1V1V7, Canada
Interests: smart materials and structures; sustainable construction materials; seismic retrofitting; shape memory alloy; FEM simulations
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Department of Civil, Construction & Environmental Engineering, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131, USA
Interests: smart materials and structures; emerging construction technologies; resilient and sustainable infrastructure
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Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Smart materials are materials that exhibit a stable and reproducible response, by means of significantly changing one or more of their properties in response to externally applied stimuli. These innovative materials play a crucial role in construction technology, to achieve environmental sustainability, cost-efficiency, and safety infrastructures.

Although tremendous progress has been achieved in developing sustainable structures based on smart materials, many challenges remain. Smart materials are high-cost, and, as a novel materials, their reliability is lower than that for traditional materials. Thus, it is necessary to continued research on them and to reinforce the connection between technical knowledge and design practices.

The goal of this Special Issue is to publish original research papers or review articles focused on the use of smart materials for sustainable infrastructures. The characterization of smart materials, together with the assessment and monitoring of short- and long-term performance and other state-of art papers related to smart materials, is also encouraged.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Advances in sustainable and resilient structures;
  • Monitoring, surveillance, and field measurement methods;
  • Intelligent structures;
  • Smart construction materials (smart concretes, smart bricks, smart wraps, etc.);
  • Smart non-construction materials (smart composites, smart glasses, smart green roofs, smart paints, etc.);
  • Self-healing materials;
  • Shape memory alloys;
  • Piezoelectric materials.

Dr. Carmen Perez
Prof. Dr. Shahria Alam
Prof. Dr. Mahmoud Reda Taha
Guest Editors

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  • smart materials
  • sustainable structures
  • durability
  • monitoring techniques

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