Special Issue "Civil Engineering as a Tool for Developing a Sustainable Society"

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 30 November 2020.

Special Issue Editors

Prof. Dr. Radim Cajka
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Guest Editor
VSB - Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
Interests: sustainable structural design; concrete-like materials; soil–structure interaction
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Dr. Trần Minh Tùng
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Guest Editor
Duc Thang University, Ho Chi Minh City, Viet Nam
Interests: sustainable structural design; concrete-like materials; soil-structure interaction
Prof. Dr. Jiri Brozovsky
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Guest Editor
VSB-Technical University of Ostrava, Czech Republic
Interests: structural mechanics; numerical modeling; mechanics of renewable materials

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

It is well known that satisfying basic human needs, such as constructing and using houses, creating and using leisure areas, and transportation of people and goods, has had impacts on the environment and on non-renewable resources. Civil engineers have many opportunities to minimize these impacts. Obviously, the most effective solution must consider how civil engineers' outputs are used. Thus, they have to include urbanists’ or transport engineers’ points of view, among others. Thus, this Special Issue focuses on the area of wider concepts and uses of sustainable approaches in civil engineering.

There may be excellent technical solutions and approaches that are theoretically environmentally friendly and effective, but they may not operate as expected when utilized in a real working environment. It is also possible that few state-of-the-art approaches, when properly used, will operate more effectively in real life. So, it is often very valuable to develop and assess technical solutions with a wider knowledge of their expected role in the environment and society, how they will be used, what risks and challenges are expected, and so on. On the other hand, for example, urbanists can effectively use enhanced knowledge about these technical solutions to design better overall working environments and to strategically place and connect them to obtain the maximum possible effect out of them. Thus, this Special Issue will include the research of scientists from areas of civil, transportation, and material engineering, as well as urbanism and architecture, and will discuss sustainable solutions for the civil engineering industry. Complex, interdisciplinary approaches are welcome. Papers that discuss solutions of particular problems in a wider context are also welcome.

The purpose of this Special Issue is thus to present and compare proposed and emerging approaches to minimize the environmental impacts caused by civil engineering, as well as, and even more importantly, the use of civil engineering and urbanistic approaches to support the sustainability of other areas of human activities.

Prof. Dr. Radim Cajka
Dr. Trần Minh Tùng
Prof. Dr. Jiri Brozovsky
Guest Editors

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Keywords

  • civil engineering
  • urban planning
  • renewable materials
  • passive houses
  • sustainable materials
  • sustainable construction
  • energy storage and preservation

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Experiments on Fiber Concrete Foundation Slabs in Interaction with the Subsoil
Sustainability 2020, 12(9), 3939; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093939 - 11 May 2020
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This article focuses on researching the interactions of fiber concrete slabs with subsoil. The experimental series includes four slabs made of fiber concrete with different dosages of fibers, from 0 to 75 kg/m3. The slabs were exposed to a loading test [...] Read more.
This article focuses on researching the interactions of fiber concrete slabs with subsoil. The experimental series includes four slabs made of fiber concrete with different dosages of fibers, from 0 to 75 kg/m3. The slabs were exposed to a loading test on a specialized loading frame. The laboratory tests for detailed descriptions of the fiber concrete’s mechanical properties were also an integral part of the experiments, including tests of the compressive strength, the modulus of elasticity, and split and bending tensile strength. Each slab’s deformation in a particular load step was evaluated in two-dimensional (2D) sections based on data measured with displacement sensors and in three-dimensional (3D) charts with the use of interpolation. Full article
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Experiences of Housing Adapted to Sea Level Rise and Applicability for Houses in the Can Gio District, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Sustainability 2020, 12(9), 3743; https://doi.org/10.3390/su12093743 - 05 May 2020
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As a coastal district located in the Southeast of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam, Can Gio is characterized by low average terrains ranging up to only 1.5m above the sea level. Impacted by climate change and sea level rise in recent years, [...] Read more.
As a coastal district located in the Southeast of Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC), Vietnam, Can Gio is characterized by low average terrains ranging up to only 1.5m above the sea level. Impacted by climate change and sea level rise in recent years, certain neighborhoods in the Can Gio District have been facing the loss of their residential and arable lands, as well as undesired relocations. Together with riverbank and coastal erosion, this phenomenon has several negative impacts on the lives of people in residential areas and on their economic activities. This research uses a literature review and observation as the main methods to explore the experiences of sea level rise adaptive housing and thereby suggests certain solutions for the Can Gio District. The solutions include saving space for water, elevating floors, constructing with floating floors, and creating biological ditches and osmotic lines to help quickly drain flooded water. These solutions aim to protect people’s lives and houses against the rising sea level and ensure the sustainable development of the neighborhoods. Full article
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