Special Issue "Seismic Resilient Infrastructures"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 October 2019

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Dr. Sanjay Nimbalkar

University of Technology Sydney, NSW 2007, Australia
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Phone: +61 (2) 9514 1819
Interests: soil dynamics; dynamic soil structure interaction; transportation geotechnics; constitutive modeling of granular media; numerical modeling of transportation
Guest Editor
Dr. Anindya Pain

CSIR-Central Building Research Institute, Roorkee 247667, India
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Phone: +91 01332 3438
Interests: geotechnical earthquake engineering; seismic earth pressure problems; stability of municipal solid waste landfills; rock mechanics; slope stability analysis; landslides; numerical methods; pattern recognition problems
Guest Editor
Dr. Qingsheng Chen

National University of Singapore, 1 Engineering Dr. 2, 117576, Singapore
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Phone: +65 97163452
Interests: geotechnical earthquake engineering; ground improvement techniques; transport geotechnics; characterization of geo-materials; in-situ testing; instrumentation; retaining structures; constitutive and numerical modeling
Guest Editor
Dr. Mohd Ahmad Syed

University of Manchester, Oxford Rd, Manchester M13 9PL, UK
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Phone: +44 (0) 161 306 4637
Interests: geotechnics; earthquake geotechnical engineering; geomechanics problems—numerical and analytical modelling (FEM, FDM, DEM, etc.); reinforced soil wall and slopes; ground engineering; waterfront retaining structures

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Due to ever-growing population, urbanization drives the demand for safe and sustainable infrastructure. Urban development and associated infrastructure investments are major sources of growth. However, earthquakes are one of nature’s most destructive hazards, able to cause substantial amount of damage to infrastructure in a very short period of time. Earthquakes contribute to serious losses, not only through direct vibratory damages to infrastructures, but also indirectly through triggering of secondary effects, such as settlement, liquefaction, landslides, tsunamis, flooding, tectonic subsidence, uplift and fires. Infrastructure systems vulnerable to earthquake hazards can be replaced, retrofitted, abandoned, or simply left alone. Appropriate seismic risk analyses and mitigation techniques are crucial to manage the impact of earthquakes on both existing and planned infrastructure. Retrofitting of infrastructures to improve seismic resilience while shifting the focus from risk-based to resilience-based approaches will ensure continuous functionality throughout their life. Various mechanistic and diagnostic approaches can be adopted for the seismic design to ensure both safety and sustainability. Infrastructure planning and design must evaluate risks and uncertainties while adopting innovative resilient materials as seismological, technological and human systems interact in increasingly uncertain and complex ways. A proper disaster management program can enhance the capacity to prepare for earthquakes in order to reduce the overall exposure and associated impacts.

The aim of this Special Issue is to present the current state-of-the-art knowledge in the fundamental as well as applied research addressing the effects of earthquakes on infrastructure system. The Special Issue will cover the innovative approaches to seismic design and new technologies for improving resiliency of infrastructures in an era of unprecedented earthquake events. We invite contributions from all infrastructure sectors, i.e., structure, transport, water, and energy. This Special Issue will accept various novel and original research topics related to infrastructure systems, including, but not limited to:

  • Disaster management
  • Soil dynamics and earthquake engineering
  • Risks and uncertainty
  • Infrastructure systems
  • Innovative resilient materials
  • Mechanistic and diagnostics approaches
  • Structural health monitoring
  • Seismic hazard analysis
  • Resilience and risk mitigation
  • Seismic retrofitting
  • Dynamic soil structure interaction
  • Sustainably-resilient structures

Dr. Sanjay Nimbalkar
Dr. Anindya Pain
Dr. Qingsheng Chen
Dr. Mohd Ahmad Syed
Guest Editors

Manuscript Submission Information

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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. Infrastructures is an international peer-reviewed open access quarterly journal published by MDPI.

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Keywords

  • risk mitigation
  • vulnerability
  • disaster management
  • earthquakes
  • infrastructure
  • risk assessment

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Stability Assessment of Earth Retaining Structures under Static and Seismic Conditions
Infrastructures 2019, 4(2), 15; https://doi.org/10.3390/infrastructures4020015
Received: 28 January 2019 / Revised: 28 March 2019 / Accepted: 30 March 2019 / Published: 9 April 2019
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An accurate estimation of static and seismic earth pressures is extremely important in geotechnical design. The conventional Coulomb’s approach and Mononobe-Okabe’s approach have been widely used in engineering practice. However, the latter approach provides the linear distribution of seismic earth pressure behind a [...] Read more.
An accurate estimation of static and seismic earth pressures is extremely important in geotechnical design. The conventional Coulomb’s approach and Mononobe-Okabe’s approach have been widely used in engineering practice. However, the latter approach provides the linear distribution of seismic earth pressure behind a retaining wall in an approximate way. Therefore, the pseudo-dynamic method can be used to compute the distribution of seismic active earth pressure in a more realistic manner. The effect of wall and soil inertia must be considered for the design of a retaining wall under seismic conditions. The method proposed considers the propagation of shear and primary waves through the backfill soil and the retaining wall due to seismic excitation. The crude estimate of finding the approximate seismic acceleration makes the pseudo-static approach often unreliable to adopt in the stability assessment of retaining walls. The predictions of the active earth pressure using Coulomb theory are not consistent with the laboratory results to the development of arching in the backfill soil. A new method is proposed to compute the active earth pressure acting on the backface of a rigid retaining wall undergoing horizontal translation. The predictions of the proposed method are verified against results of laboratory tests as well as the results from other methods proposed in the past. Full article
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