Paolo Sebastiano VALVO

Professore associato di Scienza delle Costruzioni
presso il Dipartimento di Ingegneria Civile e Industriale (DICI) dell'Università di Pisa

Paolo Sebastiano Valvo


Special Issue of Metals:

"Recent Advances in Fibre Metal Laminates"

Call for papers

Dear Colleagues,

Fibre-metal laminates (FMLs) are "hybrid" composite laminates comprised of both fibre-reinforced and metallic layers. Aluminium-based FMLs - such as ARALL and GLARE - have been used successfully for decades in aeronautical applications thanks to their better structural performances compared to "pure" fibre-reinforced laminates and lower unit weights compared to metals.

Today, novel classes of FMLs have been proposed to enhance - amongst other properties - their mechanical strength, fatigue life, fire resistance, and recyclability by using alternative metals (e.g., stainless steel, magnesium, titanium, etc.), natural fibres (e.g., flax, hemp, etc.), and multiple types of reinforcement (e.g., combined carbon and glass fibres, additive graphene nanoparticles, etc.). Furthermore, FMLs with smart capabilities can be manufactured by incorporating, for instance, shape memory alloys (SMAs), optical fibres, and piezoelectric materials. New fields of applications can be envisaged in the automotive and energy sectors, as well as in biomedical engineering and microelectronics.

The Special Issue "Recent Advances in Fibre Metal Laminates" provides a venue for the presentation of the most recent results of advanced research on FMLs. Scientists working in the theoretical modelling, numerical simulation, and experimental testing of FMLs are kindly invited to submit their papers.

Papers dealing with the mechanical, hygro-thermal, chemical, and electro-magnetic properties of FMLs are expected. Also, papers concerning the behaviour of FMLs under normal and exceptional operating conditions and their specific failure modes (yielding, fracture, delamination, fatigue, impact, corrosion, burning, etc.) are welcome. Lastly, papers addressing manufacturing and technological issues of FMLs, as well as papers presenting relevant industrial applications are also welcome.

Prof. Paolo S. Valvo
Guest Editor

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Special Issue of Infrastructures:

"Inspection, Assessment and Retrofit of Transport Infrastructure"

Call for papers

Dear Colleagues,

The road and railway transport network forms the backbone of transportation systems, the performance of which is largely dependent on the state of the critical infrastructure such as bridges. Bridges serve as a vital part of the infrastructure and have a very high asset value as capital to be protected.

Many of these bridges are subjected to aging effects such as corrosion of internal steel reinforcement. The adverse aging effects in infrastructure is expected to accelerate in the future as a result of “climate change”. Moreover, the load demands on bridges have been constantly increasing in the past few decades, and many elder bridges are currently carrying heavier loads compared to their original design loads. It is expected that the increase in load demands will continue in the future, indicating faster aging and more stringent requirements on old bridge stock.

There is currently a great demand for innovations in the maintenance of existing bridge infrastructure, including inspection, assessment, strengthening and repair, and management. In this Special Issue, we request high-quality original research articles focused on the state-of-the-art techniques and methods addressing the inspection, assessment, and upgrading of old bridge infrastructure. We welcome both theoretical and applied papers of high technical standard across various branches in construction sector, thus facilitating an awareness of techniques and methods applicable in bridges that may be relevant to other structures.

Topics of interest include, but are not limited to:

  • Advances in inspection, sensoring and structural health monitoring (SHM) methods and technologies for bridges;
  • Advances in assessment methods, e.g., load-carrying capacity evaluation of reinforced concrete (RC) structures with corrosion damage, fatigue life assessment in welded steel bridges, probabilistic structural integrity assessment;
  • New materials and techniques for strengthening and repair of existing bridges (e.g., application of shape memory alloys, advanced fiber-reinforced polymer composites);
  • Long-term behavior, environmental durability, and fire performance of strengthening and repair systems;
  • Design codes and guidelines;
  • Recent case studies (e.g., lessons learned);
  • Monitoring and field measurements on rehabilitated bridges;
  • Advances in management of maintenance works and planning, e.g., risk-informed asset management (RIAM).
Original submissions related to other types of structure relevant to focus areas of this special issue are also welcome.

Prof. Reza Haghani
Prof. Rami Hawileh
Prof. Paolo S. Valvo
Guest Editors

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