Special Issue "Advanced Materials and Technology for Resilient Bridge Infrastructures"
A special issue of Infrastructures (ISSN 2412-3811).
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 June 2019
Dr. Armin Mehrabi
Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering; College of Engineering and Computing; Florida International University, 10555 West Flagler Street, EC 3627; Miami, FL 33174; USA
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Interests: bridge; accelerated bridge construction; condition assessment; rehabilitation; non-destructive evaluation; stay cables; cable-supported; life cycle analysis; wind effects; vibration
Bridges occupy a key position in the surface transportation system and need to provide reliable access during ordinary and extraordinary times. They become even more important for evacuation, rescue, and recovery efforts before, during, and after extreme events such as storms, hurricanes, earthquakes, sea water level rise, and other natural and man-made hazards. These efforts will be significantly hindered if bridges are damaged and become inoperative. Hence, it is essential that bridges have “resiliency” against such adverse effects. The National Academies of Science defines “resilience” as “the ability of a system to prepare, absorb, recovery from, and successfully adapt to adverse events.” Accordingly, for a bridge to be resilient, not only it should be designed and constructed to reliably withstand the adverse effects, but also rapid condition assessment, recovery and restoration of its service should be feasible with the least possible efforts. Innovative solutions and technologies for design and construction of new bridges and for retrofitting the existing bridges are therefore imperative for providing better resiliency. Further, an accurate knowledge of the condition of bridges in a transportation network before, during, and after an extreme event, and decision making for inspection, maintenance, repair and recovery efforts is as important if not more.
Various technologies have been used in the past and are in development to isolate the bridge structure from adverse effects or to absorb the effects with minimal damage. Some solutions focus on limiting damage to elements that can be repaired or replaced for fast recovery. New and durable materials have been also recognized as a means to retain the capacity of bridges in longer term and resist adverse environmental conditions. Accelerated construction using special elements, materials, connections, and installation methods have attempted to provide for bridges with higher quality and rapid repair, replacement, and restoration objectives. Smart structures and self-healing materials have also been investigated for applications in future generation of resilient bridges.
Innovative approaches to health monitoring, condition assessment, and reliability analysis of bridges, along with risk- and reliability-based decision-making processes for maintenance, retrofit, repair, and restoration also play important role in improving resilience for individual bridges as well as for a network of roads and bridges. Structural health monitoring and condition assessment have evolved significantly in recent years with introduction of innovative sensors, data communication, and non-destructive evaluation. These methods have been augmented by the use of drones and robots for rapid and efficient assessment of damages in small and large scales.
This Special Issue of journal attempts to collect state-of-the-art in materials and technologies for design, construction, repair, and restoration of bridges for resiliency, as well as means and methods for evaluation of bridges and decision-making processes for individual bridges and bridges within a transportation network.Dr. Armin Mehrabi
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- Bridge Design and Construction
- Extreme Events
- Innovative Materials
- Innovative Technologies
- Structural Health Monitoring
- Accelerated Repair
- Accelerated Bridge Construction
- Risk-Based Decision Making