Current Perspectives and New Directions in Mechanics, Modelling and Design of Structural Systems comprises 330 papers that were presented at the Eighth International Conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (SEMC 2022, Cape Town, South Africa, 5-7 September 2022).

The topics featured may be clustered into six broad categories that span the themes of mechanics, modelling and engineering design:

(i) mechanics of materials (elasticity, plasticity, porous media, fracture, fatigue, damage, delamination, viscosity, creep, shrinkage, etc);

(ii) mechanics of structures (dynamics, vibration, seismic response, soil-structure interaction, fluid-structure interaction, response to blast and impact, response to fire, structural stability, buckling, collapse behaviour);

(iii) numerical modelling and experimental testing (numerical methods, simulation techniques, multi-scale modelling, computational modelling, laboratory testing, field testing, experimental measurements);

(iv) design in traditional engineering materials (steel, concrete, steel-concrete composite, aluminium, masonry, timber);

(v) innovative concepts, sustainable engineering and special structures (nanostructures, adaptive structures, smart structures, composite structures, glass structures, bio-inspired structures, shells, membranes, space structures, lightweight structures, etc);

(vi) the engineering process and life-cycle considerations (conceptualisation, planning, analysis, design, optimization, construction, assembly, manufacture, maintenance, monitoring, assessment, repair, strengthening, retrofitting, decommissioning).

Two versions of the papers are available: full papers of length 6 pages are included in an e-book, while short papers of length 2 pages, intended to be concise but self-contained summaries of the full papers, are in this printed book. This work will be of interest to civil, structural, mechanical, marine and aerospace engineers, as well as planners and architects.

part |36 pages

2. Dynamic analysis, Vibration response, Vibration control, Environmental vibrations, Fluid-structure interaction

part |34 pages

3. Seismic response, Seismic analysis, Earthquake-resistant design

part |40 pages

4. Material modelling, Multi-scale modelling, Micromechanical modelling, Porous media, Biological tissue

part |28 pages

5. Additive manufacturing, Manufacturing processes, Assembly processes, Kinematics

part |24 pages

6. Composite structures, Laminated structures, Sandwich structures, Adaptive structures, Numerical modelling, Numerical simulations

part |52 pages

7. Damage mechanics, Damage modelling, Blast, Impact, Fracture, Fatigue, Progressive collapse, Structural robustness

part |28 pages

8. Buckling of Beams, Columns and Thin-walled sections

part |22 pages

9. Plates, Shells, Membranes, Cable nets, Cable-stayed structures, Lightweight structures, Form-finding, Architectural considerations

part |28 pages

10. Structural applications of glass

part |76 pages

11. Steel structures, Steel connections, Steel-concrete composite construction, Cold-formed steel

part |28 pages

12. High strength steel, High performance steel

part |36 pages

13. Reinforced concrete structures, Prestressed concrete, Concrete structural elements, Mechanics of concrete

part |26 pages

14. High strength concrete, High performance concrete, Fibre-reinforced concrete, Fatigue behaviour of HPC and UHPC

part |26 pages

15. Safety and reliability, Design philosophy, Bridge technology, Transport infrastructure, Building performance, Engineering education

part |44 pages

16. Structural applications of FRP composites

part |30 pages

17. Construction technology, Construction projects,Construction materials, Properties of concrete

part |28 pages

18. Timber structures, Timber technology, Properties of wood

part |58 pages

19. Structural health monitoring, Damage detection, System identification, Maintenance, Durability, Long-term performance

part |32 pages

20. Structural assessment, Historic structures, Masonry structures,Repair, Strengthening, Retrofitting

part |16 pages

21. Soil-structure interaction, Foundations, Underground structures, Geotechnical engineering, Rock mechanics