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Sustainable Civil Engineering: Reliability and Resilience of Infrastructures

A special issue of Sustainability (ISSN 2071-1050). This special issue belongs to the section "Sustainable Engineering and Science".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: closed (10 April 2023) | Viewed by 4584

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Interests: infrastructure engineering and management; materials, construction methods, and sustainability; resilience; transportation engineering; advanced technologies, including GPS/GNSS and GIS
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Dear Colleagues,

It is our pleasure to announce a new Special Issue on “Sustainable Civil Engineering: Reliability and Resilience of Infrastructures” in the journal Sustainability.

The Special Issue calls for papers on scientific, technical, and policy advancements related to civil infrastructure.

The topic of sustainability has dominated the research and practice of civil engineering for over the past decade, strongly influencing how we design and maintain the infrastructure systems. With global recognition since the 1980s, sustainability has been broadly embraced, particularly, in terms of the environmental issues. Related to the sustainability of an infrastructure are the measures of reliability and resilience. Reliability is an indication of the capability or state of the infrastructure or its network, relative to time, while resilience describes the ability of the infrastructure or network to withstand and recover if this state is disrupted by an extreme event such as natural hazards like hurricanes, earthquake, etc. An infrastructure with high reliability and resilience will be considered very sustainable. But it will be beneficial and interesting to quantitively investigate how reliability and resilience are related under a consideration of the infrastructure’s sustainability. Sustainability, reliability and resilience, all involve a consideration of the infrastructure’s life cycle, with social and economic impacts, as well as optimizing design and maintenance strategies, including, material selection, structural design, and repair decisions. Many studies have discussed the relationship between sustainability and resilience, but only a few have integrated reliability into the consideration. These concepts can be applied to the physical infrastructure, the networks of infrastructure, as well as the community serviced by these infrastructures. In fact, sustainability will be best demonstrated through an efficient integration of the reliability and resilience models for the physical infrastructure and the social systems, with those of communities.

This Special Issue aims to cover recent approaches, both in research and practice, of reliability and resilience considerations integrated in the formulation of sustainability models. The Special Issue invites contributions including but not limited to the following detailed topics: integrated stochastic models, sustainable bridges; resilient and reliable networks, and integrated community resilience. Authors of papers on these topics are encouraged to focus on a scope incorporating scientific advancement as well as practice-ready concepts.

Prof. John Sobanjo
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  • civil infrastructure
  • sustainability
  • reliability
  • resilience
  • life cycle
  • stochastic models
  • fragility
  • community

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22 pages, 1842 KiB  
Resilience and Systems—A Review
by Khalilullah Mayar, David G. Carmichael and Xuesong Shen
Sustainability 2022, 14(14), 8327; - 07 Jul 2022
Cited by 14 | Viewed by 3858
This paper presents, from a systems orientation, a review of the resilience literature since its emergence as an ecological concept in academic parlance in 1973. It argues that much of the resilience literature covers existing ground in that existing engineering systems stability ideas [...] Read more.
This paper presents, from a systems orientation, a review of the resilience literature since its emergence as an ecological concept in academic parlance in 1973. It argues that much of the resilience literature covers existing ground in that existing engineering systems stability ideas are being reinvented. The review follows modern control systems theory as the comparison framework, where each system, irrespective of its disciplinary association, is represented in terms of inputs, state, and outputs. Modern control systems theory is adopted because of its cohesiveness and universality. The review reveals that resilience can be thought of in terms of adaptive systems and adaptation, where the system has the ability to respond to perturbations and changes through passive and active feedback mechanisms—returning the system state or system form to a starting position or transitioning to another suitable state or form. This systematic and cross-disciplinary review offers the potential for a greater understanding of resilience and the elimination of overlap in the literature, particularly related to terminology. Full article
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