Special Issue "Advances in Masonry Structures"

A special issue of Buildings (ISSN 2075-5309). This special issue belongs to the section "Building Materials, and Repair & Renovation".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (30 September 2023) | Viewed by 947

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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Edinburgh University, Edinburgh EH9 3FG, UK
Interests: structural analysis; earthquake engineering; finite element modeling; construction engineering; civil engineering materials; building materials
Institute for Infrastructure and Environment, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH9 3FG, UK
Interests: acoustic emission testing and evaluation; surface wave methods, Integrated elastic wave methodologies for structural assessment; database modelling and analysis for structural risk; low-carbon and smart concrete materials; repair and strengthening
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Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, College of Engineering and Architecture, University of Nizwa, Birkat-al-Mouz, Nizwa 616, Oman
Interests: impact engineering; modelling and simulation; computational mechanics; ultra high strength concrete; fibre reinforced concrete

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Department of Civil Engineering, İzmir Katip Çelebi University, Izmir 35620, Turkey
Interests: structural mechanics; earthquake engineering; finite element; construction engineering; materials of construction

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

Masonry is one of the oldest construction techniques and, in addition to being important from the perspective of historical heritage, many modern structures are still built using masonry. Advances in material science have resulted in higher strength, productivity, and sustainability in masonry construction. New developments and applications in advenced construction technologies would increase the popularity of masonry structures. Additionally, masonry has a significant share within the overall building inventory, and further research is needed that focuses on the rehabilitation and renovation of existing masonry structures from the perspective of sustainability and resiliency. New technological solutions should encompass a broader perspective that includes not only the mechanical and chemical properties of masonry building materials but also advances in structural design, strengthening, and production technologies.

In this Special Issue, all papers advancing knowledge and practice on masonry structures are welcome. The scope of papers could range from the full-scale or non-destructive testing of masonry, including laboratory or in situ testing methods; advanced modeling or numerical techniques for the assessment of built masonry; probabilistic analyses regarding advanced structural materials and masonry; advances in assessment procedures for masonry structures; strengthening and retrofitting masonry structures; to future perspectives in masonry construction technologies, advances in materials and sustainability, and increasing resiliency to mitigate devastating extreme conditions.

Dr. Yavuz Yardim
Dr. Hwa Kian Chai
Dr. Imran Lateef Qureshi
Guest Editors

Dr. Salih Yilmaz
Guest Editor Assistant

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  • masonry materials
  • mortar
  • numerical modeling
  • optimization
  • sustainability
  • NDT tests
  • retrofitting
  • simulation
  • masonry structures
  • methods of designing

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16 pages, 2901 KiB  
Statistical Subspace-Based Damage Detection and Jerk Energy Acceleration for Robust Structural Health Monitoring
Buildings 2023, 13(7), 1625; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings13071625 - 27 Jun 2023
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This paper introduces a multistep damage identification process that is both straightforward and useful for identifying damage in buildings with regular plan geometries. The algorithm proposed in this study combines the utilization of a multi-damage sensitivity feature and MATLAB programming, providing a comprehensive [...] Read more.
This paper introduces a multistep damage identification process that is both straightforward and useful for identifying damage in buildings with regular plan geometries. The algorithm proposed in this study combines the utilization of a multi-damage sensitivity feature and MATLAB programming, providing a comprehensive approach for the structural health monitoring (SHM) of different structures through vibration analysis. The system utilizes accelerometers attached to the structure to capture data, which is then subjected to a classical statistical subspace-based damage detection test. This test focuses on monitoring changes in the data by analyzing modal parameters and statistically comparing them to the structure’s baseline behavior. By detecting deviations from the expected behavior, the algorithm identifies potential damage in the structure. Additionally, the algorithm includes a step to localize damage at the story level, relying on the jerk energy of acceleration. To demonstrate its effectiveness, the algorithm was applied to a steel shear frame model in laboratory tests. The model utilized in this study comprised a total height of 900 mm and incorporated three lumped masses. The investigation encompassed a range of scenarios involving both single and multiple damages, and the algorithm proposed in this research demonstrated the successful detection of the induced damages. The results indicate that the proposed system is an effective solution for monitoring building structure condition and detecting damage. Full article
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