Special Issue "Structural Rehabilitation, Retrofitting and Strengthening"
Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.
Interests: material testing; masonry; historic buildings; structural testing; preservation; strengthening; structural repair; fire behavior; structural monitoring; non-destructive testing
Civil buildings and infrastructures are constantly subjected to the risk of extreme events—e.g., earthquakes, fire, and flooding—but also to aging, pollution, and lack of maintenance. In particular, the structural decay and material deterioration of strategic and/or historic buildings and infrastructures can entail serious economic damage or even danger of losing unique assets belonging to communities’ cultural heritage. Moreover, both ancient and old buildings may not comply with current design code provisions, especially concerning the capacity to withstand extreme events. To increase the service life and preservation of such manufacts, it is essential to test, improve, and increase the available range of techniques and processes for rehabilitation, strengthening, and retrofit. Simple, fast, ready-made, and cost-effective solutions are wished for, especially to limit the time and resources needed for interventions. Additionally, the long-term sustainability of retrofitted structures is a primary goal, which can be pursued with the introduction of new materials or the update of traditional solutions. This brings on high demands for increased knowledge of the properties, behavior, and applicability conditions of advanced materials as well as of their compatibility and interactions with traditional ones.
This Special Issue aims at collecting original papers on research, the state of the art, and case studies, covering developments concerning (but not limited to) the following topics:
- Sustainability in strengthening, rehabilitation, and retrofit; interventions and maintenance practices;
- Civil, strategic, and historic buildings and infrastructures;
- Repair and rehabilitation after earthquake, fire, flooding, and other extreme events;
- Short- and long-term monitoring and survey for retrofit and strengthening design.
Dr. Francesca Sciarretta
Manuscript Submission Information
Manuscripts should be submitted online at www.mdpi.com by registering and logging in to this website. Once you are registered, click here to go to the submission form. Manuscripts can be submitted until the deadline. All papers will be peer-reviewed. Accepted papers will be published continuously in the journal (as soon as accepted) and will be listed together on the special issue website. Research articles, review articles as well as short communications are invited. For planned papers, a title and short abstract (about 100 words) can be sent to the Editorial Office for announcement on this website.
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Please visit the Instructions for Authors page before submitting a manuscript. The Article Processing Charge (APC) for publication in this open access journal is 1400 CHF (Swiss Francs). Submitted papers should be well formatted and use good English. Authors may use MDPI's English editing service prior to publication or during author revisions.
- Structural rehabilitation
- Seismic retrofit
- Structural monitoring
- Provisional safety
- Repair techniques
- Testing and physical modeling
- Numerical modeling