Special Issue "Repair/Retrofitting of Structures with Fiber Composites and Health Monitoring"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2020.
Interests: Physics and mechanics of plastic deformation and fracture; advanced materials; fatigue; fracture prediction; acoustic emission; signal processing
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Currently, there is no doubt about the enormous irruption of fiber reinforced plastic composites (FRP) in the construction and civil engineering sectors. Events such as the recent meeting held in Chicago (Future of Composites in Construction, June 2017) highlighted this. FRP has proven to offer a complementary or even alternative approach to the repair and retrofitting of existent structures. Although more attention has been paid in the case of CFRP (carbon FRP), other kinds of fibers like basalt or glass have also been considered. Consideration should also be given to the use of composites reinforced with natural fibers. However, at present, the use of codes and standards for the calculation and design of repairing and retrofitting systems (type, quantity, and placement of composite and adhesives) are still incomplete, scarce, or nonexistent. This gap generates a certain reluctance in the professionals of architecture and civil engineering and in their clients. In general, the use of steel as a traditional system for the reinforcement of structures continues to be opted for. In order to generate confidence in its operation in situ, as well as to carry out a continuous follow-up that establishes the pertinent structural alerts, the in situ and real-time monitoring of structures is an efficient strategy, which can be of great usefulness in the case of FRP-retrofitted or repaired structures.
It is an enormous pleasure to invite you to contribute your research article, communication, or review for this Special Issue. Papers considering theoretical, lab experiences, and in situ studied cases are welcome. All types of FRP materials and structural materials (concrete, wood, etc.) are accepted. Especially interesting will be the papers proposing methodologies for using NDT (non-destructive testing) and SHM (structural health monitoring) for retrofitted or repaired structures.
Prof. Antolino Gallego
Dr. Francisco J. Rescalvo
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- Fiber-reinforced plastics
- Non-destructive testing
- Structural health monitoring