Special Issue "Sustainable Assessment and Modelling in Seismic Risk Mitigation"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2022 | Viewed by 6497
Interests: probabilistic methods in civil engineering; structural reliability; safety-checking of structures; performance-based earthquake engineering; time-dependent seismic hazard and risk assessment; life-cycle cost assessment; seismic ground motion representation and intensity measures; progressive structural collapse; impact of rainfall-induced hydrogeological phenomena on the built environment
Interests: time-dependent seismic hazard and risk assessment; structural reliability; probabilistic methods in civil engineering; performance-based earthquake engineering; ground-motion intensity measure; safety-checking of structures
It is our pleasure to invite you to contribute to this Special Issue, titled “Sustainable Assessment and Modelling in Seismic Risk Mitigation.”
Almost a couple of decades have passed since the seismic design and retrofit paradigm undertook a major shift from prescriptive procedures to quantified “performance-based” objectives. To this effect, modern performance-based seismic design and retrofit strives to satisfy quantified performance objectives. The design and retrofit process, in this context, is nothing but an optimization problem, in which the expected utility/loss of the structure needs to be maximized/minimized. The quantified performance objectives adopted in the codes, which play as constraints to this optimization problem, are usually articulated in terms of safety and functionality criteria. The social dimension of such criteria is evident. The utility function is almost ubiquitously expressed in terms of the expected life-cycle cost. Although the life-cycle cost is measured in economic terms, it encompasses sustainability-related notions such as (residual) lifetime duration and the indirect costs related to downtime. Evaluation of the life span duration for an infrastructure in a seismically active zone is not a trivial task. It involves tracing the structural performance profile in time considering potential major treats (e.g., strong earthquakes, aftershocks, and other), slowly deteriorating phenomena such as ageing, the undesirable effect of drivers such as climate change, given prescribed repair and maintenance pathways. Along the same lines, the evaluation of the costs associated to downtime also involves consideration of the complex socio-economic consequences of functionality interruption due to physical damage. To this end, seismic design and retrofit schemes and repair/maintenance pathways satisfying objectives such as maximizing the (residual) lifetime and minimizing downtime of an infrastructure can be perceived as sustainability-enhancing measures. The sustainability principles can be considered even more explicitly by quantifying utility as a function of both socioeconomic and environmental “costs” associated to design, retrofit, and repair/maintenance planning decisions.
This Special Issue welcomes contributions towards filling the complex mosaic of sustainable design and retrofit decision-making and repair/maintenance planning for infrastructure in seismically active regions:
- Performance-based seismic design and retrofit
- Estimation of down-time and residual lifetime
- Multi-risk analysis methods
- Time-dependent seismic risk assessment for deteriorating systems (considering aftershocks, and/or ageing)
- Retrofit, repair/maintenance decision-making based on sustainable criteria
Prof. Fatemeh Jalayer
Dr. Hossein Ebrahimian
Manuscript Submission Information
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- sustainable decision-making
- life cycle cost assessment
- performance-based design
- earthquake engineering
- seismic retrofit decision-making
- time-dependent seismic risk assessment
- multi-risk analysis
- residual lifetime
- uncertainty quantification