Special Issue "Traditional and Innovative Techniques for the Structural Health Monitoring and Resilience Assessment of the Built-Up Environment"

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

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (15 November 2023) | Viewed by 1274

Special Issue Editors

Department of Civil Engineering and Computer Science Engineering, Università degli Studi di Roma "Tor Vergata", Rome, Italy
Interests: concrete; steel corrosion; performance bonds; masonry bridges; vault; limit analysis; structural health monitoring
Department of Structures for Engineering and Architecture, University of Naples Federico II, Via Claudio 21, 80125 Naples, Italy
Interests: structural analysis; earthquake engineering; structural dynamics; finite element modeling
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Department of Architecture and Arts, Università IUAV di Venezia, Venice, Italy
Interests: non-linear analysis of structures; constitutive models for quasi-fragile materials; degradation phenomena on concrete structures; evaluation of the seismic behavior of existing structures; numerical modeling of the structural behavior of wooden elements; structural health monitoring with satellite InSAR data

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

The need for structural safety assessments, due to the high vulnerability of the built-up heritage (buildings and transport infrastructures), represents a strong stimulus for the development of advanced techniques for structural health monitoring at different scales (single construction, transport networks and territorial scale).

The Special Issue is focused on the single or combined use of traditional and innovative techniques that can be used to check the health state of constructions and infrastructure networks.

The goal is the clear detection of the damage or degradation of the structural components, affecting the vulnerability of single or grouped constructions.

Among all monitoring techniques, when dealing with large infrastructure networks, the use of satellite data (particularly interferometric satellite synthetic aperture radar (InSAR) data) proved to be helpful for the monitoring activities, allowing for a preliminary ranking of the critical structures.

The goal of this Special Issue is the definition of the methodologies and the presentation of applications for structural health monitoring and resilience assessments of the built-up environment. Multidisciplinary contributions are especially encouraged. Potential topics for submission include but are not limited to:

  • Structural assessment and monitoring of existing buildings and transport infrastructures;
  • Structural assessment and monitoring at urban and territorial levels;
  • Processing techniques for data elaboration and interpretation;
  • Integration of InSAR data with on-site information;
  • Integration of geological, geotechnical and InSAR data for structural health monitoring;
  • Artificial intelligence techniques applied to the management and interpretation of monitoring data;
  • Traditional and innovative techniques for damage detection and classification from monitoring data;
  • Importance of structural health monitoring in emergency management and service conditions to support the decisions of the involved stakeholders.

Prof. Dr. Fabio Di Carlo
Dr. Andrea Miano
Dr. Diego Talledo
Guest Editors

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Technical Note
Impact of the Structural Defects on Risk Assessment of Concrete Bridges According to the Italian Guidelines 2020
Infrastructures 2023, 8(9), 135; https://doi.org/10.3390/infrastructures8090135 - 13 Sep 2023
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The Italian infrastructure network of roads and bridges is one of the most complex in the world due to the territory orography. Italy is strongly interested in seismic and hydrogeological hazards, and, in addition, degradation and obsolescence phenomena are common in infrastructures nowadays [...] Read more.
The Italian infrastructure network of roads and bridges is one of the most complex in the world due to the territory orography. Italy is strongly interested in seismic and hydrogeological hazards, and, in addition, degradation and obsolescence phenomena are common in infrastructures nowadays approaching the end of their nominal life. Furthermore, these infrastructures are subjected to continuous traffic load increase over time. In 2020, the Italian Ministry of Infrastructure and Transport (MIT) published the guidelines for risk classification and management, safety assessment, and monitoring of existing bridges (LG2020) as an attempt to unify the multiple procedures of inspection, monitoring, and maintenance of infrastructures. The multilevel approach proposed in the Italian guidelines for the management of the complex existing system of bridges is herein discussed and investigated, focusing on an operational methodology to evaluate the impact of structural defects on the risk assessment. This study aims to develop an operational methodology for the application of the procedure generically depicted in the LG2020 for the attribution of the level of defectiveness based on the outcomes of the periodical inspections. In particular, such a methodology is applied to two of the most widespread bridge structural typologies in the Mediterranean area: reinforced concrete (RC) and prestressed RC (PRC) bridges. The defects’ extent and level to structural members are associated with the proposed procedure for different bridge risk ratings. The work presents a useful tool to proceed from the outcomes of the inspections to the assignment of a level of defectiveness for the bridge, which enters into the risk assessment. This is to drive decision-makers in the definition of future actions and interventions, such as the detailed assessment of safety level and relevant strengthening interventions or installation of continuous monitoring systems. Full article
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