In the past 15 years, large scale bridges have made great achievements all over the world, especially in China. With the erection of these large-scale bridges. new structures, new materials, new equipment and new technology are emerging. Long-span bridge design and construction technologies have been improved in an all-round way. In addition to the design and construction, management and maintenance of these large-scale bridges is a challenge task today. This special collection is intended for documenting the recent advances that specifically pertain to large scale bridges. The specific topics include but not limited to:
- Structural analysis for long span bridges
- Maintenance, management and evaluation of large-scale bridges
- Extreme load estimation for large span bridges
- Long-span bridge inspection and monitoring
- Structural design for long-span bridges
- Big data mining in the field of long-span bridge maintenance
- Long-term monitoring systems and maintenance management systems
- Anomaly/Damage detection for large span bridges
- Performance of long-span bridges in fire accidents
- Wind engineering for large span bridges
- High-performance materials in large span bridges
- Maintenance policy optimization for large span bridges
Special Issue Editors
Dr. Qiao Huang is currently a Chair Professor at the Dept of Bridge Engineering, School of Transportation, Southeast University (SEU), Nanjing, China. He is also the leader of the Bridge Engineering Department. He is the awardee of the Millions of Talents at the National Level, and received Special Government Allowances from the State Council. His research interests include bridge structure design, bridge maintenance, management, detection, assessment and other aspects. In the above fields, he has won 25 provincial and ministerial science and technology progress awards, including 4 first prizes, 9 second prizes, and has obtained 15 national invention patents, published 350 academic papers.
Dr. Michael C. Forde is currently a Chair Professor at the School of Engineering, University of Edinburgh (UoE), Edinburgh, UK. He is also the Director of the institute for Research in Engineering, Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering, Chief Editor of the journal “Construction & Building Materials”. His research interests include Earthworks & Site Investigation, Non-destructive testing (NDT) of concrete and masonry - bridges & structures - radar, sonics, ultrasonic tomography, acoustic emission (AE).
Dr. Maria Anna (Marianna) Polak is a Professor and the University Research Chair in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, University of Waterloo, Canada. She is also a Fellow of the Canadian Society of Civil Engineering CSCE and the American Concrete Institute ACI. Her research is in the area of structural engineering and mechanics, constitutive modelling of materials, infrastructure retrofit and monitoring, and nonlinear finite element analysis.
Dr. Xiang Xu is currently an Associate Professor at the Dept of Bridge Engineering, School of Transportation, Southeast University (SEU), Nanjing, China. He is the awardee of the Youth Think-Tank Talent in China Association for Science and Technology. His research interests are smart bridge maintenance, bridge condition assessment, anomaly detection for large span bridges, maintenance policy optimization, etc. He published more than 30 peer-reviewed papers. His research outcomes were applied to various large scale bridges, including Forth Road Bridge in the UK, Hong Kong TKO Arch Bridge, Xihoumen Bridge, etc.