Title: Advancements in Smart Materials and Structures for Structural Health Monitoring in Civil Engineering
Organisors: Yiska Goldfeld (Israel Institute of Technology), Filippo Ubertini (Universita degli di Perugia)
The new era of civil structural and infrastructural systems is set to revolutionize the construction industry by combining cutting-edge high-performance materials and smart structural health monitoring (SHM) systems. This novel approach involves a paradigm shift from separate systems to a single, multifunctional physical element, seamlessly integrating the structural system, functional components, and health monitoring capabilities. In this context, self-sensory capability is an integral feature, directly linked to physical mechanisms, enabling a comprehensive understanding of various damage categories such as dislocations, phase transformations, plasticity, hardening, softening, humidity, leakage, carbonization, corrosion, and more.
The adoption of this innovative approach demands the development of a new class of materials and structures that are not only more efficient but also possess intelligent features. Advanced processes and technologies are key to achieving this goal, facilitating the creation of structures capable of detecting and responding to changes in their environment in real-time. By unifying material properties, structural integrity, and SHM, this next generation of civil engineering solutions promises enhanced safety, durability, and sustainability.
The objective of the special session is to bring together leading researchers actively involved in advancing smart and multifunctional materials and devices for SHM in civil engineering constructions. Contributions are welcome across various domains, including experimental and theoretical research, computational analysis, practical applications, and novel innovations in civil engineering.
Researchers are specifically encouraged to explore innovative approaches for developing smart self-monitoring civil structural elements, closely integrated with state-of-the-art constructive materials and technologies. Some of the key areas of interest include: