Special Issue "Structural Rehabilitation, Retrofitting and Strengthening"

A special issue of Infrastructures (ISSN 2412-3811). This special issue belongs to the section "Infrastructures and Structural Engineering".

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 May 2021.

Special Issue Editor

Dr. Francesca Sciarretta
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CY Tech Sciences et Techniques, Cergy Paris Université, 5 mail Gay-Lussac, Neuville-sur-Oise, 95031 Cergy-Pontoise Cedex, France
Interests: material testing; masonry; historic buildings; structural testing; preservation; strengthening; structural repair; fire behavior; structural monitoring; non-destructive testing

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

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
Guest Editor

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  • Structural rehabilitation
  • Seismic retrofit
  • Structural monitoring
  • Post-earthquake
  • Post-fire
  • Provisional safety
  • Repair techniques
  • Testing and physical modeling
  • Numerical modeling

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Sensitivity Assessment of the Seismic Response of a Masonry Palace via Non-Linear Static Analysis: A Case Study in L’Aquila (Italy)
Infrastructures 2021, 6(1), 8; https://0-doi-org.brum.beds.ac.uk/10.3390/infrastructures6010008 - 08 Jan 2021
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The city of L’Aquila (Italy) includes a significant amount of masonry palaces erected from the middle of the 13th century up to the first half of the 20th century. This paper focuses on the seismic response of a masonry palace built during the [...] Read more.
The city of L’Aquila (Italy) includes a significant amount of masonry palaces erected from the middle of the 13th century up to the first half of the 20th century. This paper focuses on the seismic response of a masonry palace built during the first half of the 20th century and characterized by regularity in plan and elevation. The authors investigate the seismic response by varying a suite of modelling parameters that express the actual scatter of the mechanical properties typical of the masonry palaces erected in L’Aquila. The authors discuss the seismic performance exhibited by this building during the 2009 earthquake. Then, they assess the sensitivity of the selected building’s seismic performance via non-linear static analysis to the mechanical properties of masonry, the in-plane stiffness of the floors, and the mechanical resistance of the spandrels. The parametric analysis shows that the three variables markedly affect the shear resistance, the ultimate displacement, and the behavior factors. The fragility functions were then estimated from the results of non-linear static analysis. A significant scatter of the probability of collapse for the considered limit states reveals the limitations of typological approaches for masonry palaces. Full article
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Structural Rehabilitation, Retrofitting and Strengthening)
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