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Aims and scope

Advances in Bridge Engineering (ABE) is an open access journal sponsored by Southwest Jiaotong University in China. It aims to form an international platform for the academic and technical communication on the timely progress in bridge engineering. It is also a significant place to share the latest achievements in bridge engineering between China and the world. Topics include but not are limited to:

  • Innovation in the structural styles of bridges
  • Innovation and application of new materials
  • Loads determination and effects evaluation
  • Static and dynamic behavior for complex bridges
  • Resistance of wind, seismic or other disasters
  • Dynamic effects and running safety of the traffic on bridges
  • Health monitoring and damage identification
  • State assessment, reinforcement, and maintenance
  • Artificial intelligence and big data
  • Construction technology innovation
  • Bridges for new types of transportation
  • Interdisciplinary innovation and application

Open Thematic Series

Call For Paper: Artificial Intelligence-Powered Sustainable and Resilient Bridges Under Climate Change and Hazardous Events
Guest Editors: Ansari Farhad/Yiqing Ni/Jian Zhang/Alessandro Sabato/Kai Wei/Yi Bao
Submission Deadline: August 31, 2024

Call For Papers: Bridge fire safety
Guest Editors: Gang Zhang/M.Z. Naser/Shan-Shan Huang/HuanTing Zhou/Mei-Chun Zhu/Ruijin Ma
Submission Deadline: 31 May, 2024

Call For Papers: Dynamic Response and Control of Railway Bridges
Guest Editors: Jose Maria Goicolea/María D. Martínez Rodrigo/Alfredo Camara/Zhibin Jin
Submission Deadline: May 31, 2024

Call for PapersLarge Scale Bridges: Design, Construction, Management, and Maintenance
Guest Editors: Qiao Huang/Michael C. Forde/Maria Anna (Marianna) Polak/Xiang Xu
Submission Deadline: June 30, 2024

Call for Papers: Disaster Prevention and Mitigation for Coastal Bridges
Guest Editors: Guoji Xu/Kai Wei/Teng Wu/You Dong/Zhengshun Cheng
Submission Deadline: April 30, 2024

Call for Papers: Innovative Applications of UHPC in Bridge Engineering
Guest Editors: Xudong Shao/Ran Ding/Zachary B. Haber/Yi Shao
Submission Deadline: May 31, 2024

Information for Guest Editors and Authors

Thematic Series

Structural Health Monitoring and Performance Evaluation for Bridges
Guest Editors: Limin Sun, Satish Nagarajaiah, Tomonori Nagayama, Elsa Caetano, Ye Xia, Yixian Li
Seismic Behaviours and Damage Mitigation of Bridge Structures
Guest Editors: Hong Hao, Kaiming Bi
Sustainability of Concrete Bridges/Structures
Guest Editors: Jiann-Wen Woody Ju, Tengfei Xu, Guotao Yang, Leo Gu Li
Damage mechanism and control for bridges in earthquake 
Guest Editors: Canhui Zhao, Peng Pan, Aijun Ye, Cancan Yang, Kailai Deng
Load Evaluation and Condition Assessment for Coastal Bridges
Guest Editors: Guoji Xu, Kai Wei, Teng Wu, You Dong, Zhengshun Cheng

Journal Updates

Featured Articles

Comprehensive index condition assessment of structural concrete based on surface wave techniques

1 (1)To reliably assess the condition of concrete structures, a surface wave-based comprehensive index has been developed. Considering various factors influencing the surface wave-based characteristics, a relative index for concrete condition assessment has presented. The weight for each index is determined in accordance with its credibility. The proposed methodology presents a single comprehensive diagnostic feature with improved reliability on the fitness of the concrete structures for decision-makers.

Numerical simulation and validation of local wind environment of twin-box girder with wind barriers

2 (1)Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) was used to reproduce wind fields around a twin-box girder. Wind tunnel tests and field measurements were conducted to verify the results. Variations in wind speed at different heights and crosswind reduction effects with different barriers were examined. The wind speed profiles of a twin-box girder and a single box girder were analyzed to determine why the wind speeds above the downstream deck were lower than above the windward deck of the twin-box girder.

Effect of structural repairs on the load rating and reliability of a prestressed concrete bridge

3 (1)Prestressed girders often deteriorate over time due to environmental and man-made stressors. Although structural repairs are implemented to improve the load carrying capacity, the presence of numerous unknowns leads to high uncertainty. This study evaluates the efficiency of re-tensioning repairs of prestressed concrete bridge span girders. Several critical conclusions are made regarding the uncertainties in structural repair, material properties and external loads, and their impact on the load rating and the component and system reliability of the prestressed concrete bridge structure girders.


Shunquan QinShunquan Qin serves as Academician of the Chinese Academy of Engineering for his lifelong contributions to bridge Engineering. He is the chairman of China Railway Major Bridge Reconnaissance & Design Institute Co. Ltd., deputy director of Bridge and Structural Engineering Branch of China Civil Engineering Society. He is also the distinguished professor in Southwest Jiaotong University. He established the theory of unstressed state control method for the bridge construction in stages and applied the method to more than 30 long-span bridges. He promoted the innovation of the industrialized and standardized construction method for the long-span bridges, and the development of integral prefabrication and erection technology for the bridges across the sea or on the railway passenger special lines, such as Dashengguan Yangtze River Bridge, Zhengzhou Yellow River Railway Bridge, Donghai Bridge, Hangzhou Bay Bridge, Macao Xiwan Bridge, Lhasa River Bridge on Qinghai-Tibet Railway, Wuhan 27 Yangtze River Bridge, Bangladesh Paksey Bridge, Huanggang Railway Bridge, Tongling Yangtze River Bridge, Anqing Yangtze River Bridge, Wuhan Parrot Island Yangtze River Bridge and Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge. He invented 50 Patents, published 3 academic monographs.

New Content ItemProfessor Yongle Li, head of the Department of Bridge Engineering in Southwest Jiaotong University. He was selected successively as the winner of the National Outstanding Youth Fund, Cheung Kong scholar, a leader in scientific and technological innovation of the National Ten Thousand Plan. As the head, he organized and leads the "bridge wind resistance and driving safety" innovation team in Sichuan Province. He is the core member of the innovation team of the Ministry of Science and Technology, the main member of the national innovation and intelligent introduction base. He is also the member or director in 8 academic societies or sub committees. For a long time, he conducts the research on dynamic performance and driving safety of long-span bridges. He published more than 200 journal articles, including more than 80 SCI indexed papers and over 100 EI indexed papers.

Advances in Bridge Engineering is affiliated with Southwest Jiaotong University.

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