1 International Summer School on Assessment and re-design of existing bridges

19/06/2018 1336

Brescia, Italy - July 2-6, 2018

Chairmen: Prof. Giovanni Plizzari and Prof. Fausto Minelli

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Aim and scope

There is a significant and growing need nowadays for the strengthening of existing reinforced concrete structures. Structural deterioration may have taken place, a change in use could result in more onerous loading, or requirements of design and loading Standards may change. In this context, new materials and techniques can provide cost effective solutions to both the design and implementation of strengthening measures.

It is well known that traffic volumes and loads can greatly increase during the life-span of an infrastructure. The infrastructure performance can fall under a warning level and a strengthening or repairing intervention become necessary. In other cases, the environmental conditions lead to a premature deterioration of the materials and a rapid intervention is needed as well. Moreover, some infrastructure elements were built before the seismic codes were available or before the seismic risk was recognized in the area of construction.

Deterioration of materials, higher traffic loads, seismic hazard are determining the need of defining innovative structural solution, novel analyses and retrofitting techniques for existing bridges.

Moreover, there is a stronger need than ever to grow researchers/practitioners that combine a robust academic foundation in structural analysis/conceptual design with practical experiences, technological expertise with awareness of the socio-economic impact in the field of existing infrastructures.

Hence, main goal of the Summer School is to offer innovative background, both analytical and practical, on structures and infrastructures, as well as laboratory experience.

Who should attend

Engineering master students, graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, highway technical managers and practitioners willing to do research and applications in the field of bridges and infrastructures.

Course outline

  • Bridge typologies and their applications
  • Time evolution of bridge loads
  • Assessment of existing bridges: definition of structural deficiencies, evolution of exceptional loads worldwide, material degradation, seismic events, impacts
  • Conceptual re-design of existing bridges
  • Advanced rehabilitation methods for existing bridges
  • First level evaluation of structural safety of existing bridges: diagnostics and monitoring (both in situ and remote)
  • Second level (thorough assessment) of existing bridges
  • Case study on an existing bridge

International and National Lectures

  • Hugo Corres Peiretti, Full Professor, UPM, President of fib
  • Marco Di Prisco, Full Professor, Politecnico di Milano
  • Ezio Giuriani, Emeritus Professor, University of Brescia
  • Luca Giordano, Associate Professor, Politecnico di Torino
  • Giuseppe Mancini, Full Professor, Politecnico di Torino
  • Peter Mark, Full Professor, Ruhr-University Bochum
  • Aurelio Muttoni, Full Professor, EPFL Lausanne

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