Sustainable and resilient structures and infrastructures under extreme loadings



Extreme loads, such as earthquakes, typhoons, tsunamis, landslides, debris flows, etc., can have devastating effects on human life, civil infrastructure, the environment, and entire communities in many parts of the world. Multiple strategies and interventions have been implemented to lessen the impact of these extraordinarily high loads. Building resilient civil infrastructures is a key part of making the approaches and methods used in practice long-lasting and effective. The new resilient building technologies are created to lessen the amount of damage and downtime that occurs during a disaster while also safeguarding human life. To lessen the impact of these exceptionally natural disasters, a variety of methods and precautions must be taken.  

Methods to strengthen civil structures and infrastructure’s ability to withstand and recover from severe loads are the subject of this special issue (earthquakes, typhoon, tsunami, landslides, debris flows, etc.). The aim of this special issue is to promote the use of innovative recoverable community by providing a forum for the proposal and experimental and theoretical research. The post-disaster damage of structures and critical infrastructures poses a significant obstacle to the rapid restoration of urban functions, despite the existence of several structural safety, damage mitigation, and hazard performance improvement methods. To overcome this deficiency, the concept of resilience has been used to improve structural safety, reliability, robustness, and redundancy that will play a certain role in supporting the use of new recoverable communities. 

Experimental and theoretical studies of new structural forms for extreme loads such as earthquakes, typhoons, tsunamis, and landslides, examples or case studies of implemented low-damage structural systems, that enhance the development of design philosophies and performance criteria for resilient design of buildings and new sustainable communities are provided in this special issue. 

This special issue examines structure and infrastructure durability under heavy loads. Sustainability and resilient constructions have gained appeal among scientists and engineers over the past decade. Resilience is a structure's ability to withstand shocks. This special issue provides unique design methodologies, applicable laws, policymaking, and resilience inspection reports. It includes dynamic loads and modeling approaches used to measure structure response. This special issue will help to avoid any biased risk evaluation by attempting to bring together the most recent research and state-of-the-art strategies to better understand how and why the resiliency and sustainability of structures and infrastructures can be used in the real world, and therefore how it can be managed to improve, by recognizing the practical, theoretical, and historical applications, and its challenges to achieve the SDG 9, SDG 11, and SDG 13 as well as highlighting on the future potential patterns and directions of resilience and robustness procedures for various types of response quantifications and their application on civil engineering facilities. 


List of topic areas 


  • Design-based methods on the principle of resiliency. 
  • Lifetime resilience evaluation. 
  • Developing high resilience of components and systems. 
  • Infrastructure resilience modeling and optimization
  • Structural and Infrastructural Health Monitoring post seismic events. 
  • Quantitative and qualitative models for seismic resilience. 
  • Assessing and improving city-scale seismic resilience. 
  • Innovative techniques to rebuilding cities following earthquakes that are both cost-effective and high performing. 


Guest Editors

Dr. Moustafa Moufid Kassem 

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia 

[email protected] 


Assoc. Prof. Dr. Fadzli Mohamed Nazri 

Universiti Sains Malaysia, Penang, Malaysia 

[email protected] 


Submissions Information 

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Submitted articles must not have been previously published, nor should they be under consideration for publication anywhere else, while under review for this journal. 


Key Deadlines 

Opening date for manuscript submissions: 01 November 2022 

Closing date for manuscript submission: 21 February 2023     

Closing date for abstract submission: 01 February 2023     

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