Elements of Structural Health in Civil Engineering (SHCE)

Authored by: Mohammed M. Ettouney , Sreenivas Alampalli

Infrastructure Health in Civil Engineering

Print publication date:  September  2011
Online publication date:  April  2016

Print ISBN: 9780849320408
eBook ISBN: 9781420003758
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The field of structural health is a complex field. It includes many components, and cover numerous disciplines, subjects, and concerns. The complexities of the field are also due to the fact that many of its components and methodologies are fairly new to the civil engineering practice. For example: wide use of nondestructive testing (NDT), though known in civil engineering applications for long time, has not been an integral part of the practice. For proper and efficient execution of SHCE, the methodologies of NDT must be utilized and applied. This would require ingenious applications and perhaps some changes in NDT applications as they have been practiced in other fields such as aeronautics or mechanical engineering. Similarly, structural identification (STRID) or damage identification (DMID) methods have been utilized in other fields, such as mechanical or aerospace fields. Both STRID and DMID methodologies and tools must be retooled for efficient and successful applications in the SHCE field. In addition, there are emerging design paradigms and concepts in the civil engineering field such as performance based engineering, multihazards considerations, life cycle analysis (LCA) and component and system resiliency. All of those paradigms and concepts need to be included in the SHCE field. Their inclusion and interaction with SHCE field adds to the complexity and wide reach and coverage of the field.

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