The infrastructure in various parts of the world, particularly in Asia, is getting
older. It is a trillion US dollars problem when the aging infrastructure in Asia fails,
not to mention human lives.
Asia's ( and the world's) ancient monuments and heritage structures, steel structures, highways, bridges, railroads, gas pipelines, power plants, transportation vehicles ( cars and airplanes), ships, off-shore structures, and satellite systems, all need strategies for health monitoring, failure prevention, and life enhancement. The practices for infrastructure rehabilitation need to be updated and continually improved, for the safe and economic operation of the infrastructure.
To collectively discuss these issues, a Global Forum on:
Structural Longevity: Health Monitoring, Failure Prevention, & Infrastructure Rehabilitation
has been initiated
This Global Forum will discuss , among other things: 1. nonlinear mechanics of structural integrity , durability & topology optimization, in association with limit states and risk based approaches, 2. health monitoring (diagnosis and prognosis) in structures of various materials and various sizes, 3. Sensors and actuators, 4. Eddy-current, ultrasonic, electrochemical, and other methods for fault detection, 5. Structural control for damage resistance, including earth-quake resistance, 6. Self-healing structures, 7. Smart structures and smart materials, 8. Policies and technologies for low cost infrastructure rehabilitation, etc., etc.
The success of this Global Forum could have a far-reaching effect on the economies of countries such as Taiwan, China, India, Pakistan, Indonesia, Korea, Vietnam, Thailand, etc.
This Forum will involve not just the academic communities, but more importantly the policy makers, government engineers, engineering companies, construction companies, various governmental entities tasked with infrastructure maintenance, life enhancement, etc.
The first meeting of the "Global Forum on Structural Longevity" will be held in Suzhou, China in October 2010 ( Suzhou is a clean and spectacularly beautiful garden city, with very modern hotel rooms being available at modest prices). Suzhou is reachable by Taxi from the Shanghai international airport.
We look forward to your participation in this Global Forum.
Satya N Atluri
Founder & Chairman
Global Forum on Structural Longevity