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The organizing committee invites you to submit abstracts on behavior of steel structures in seismic area. The abstract should be maximum 1 pages A4 in length and must provide a clear summary of the proposed paper. It should also include the title of the paper and full contact information of the authors.


Conference Topics

The STESSA Conference will enable researchers and practitioners to present and assess the results from recent research on minimization of the earthquake damage, on seismic retrofit, and on the collapse behavior of steel structures. In addition, numerous research projects on steel structures using recently-commissioned large-scale earthquake simulation facilities will be ready for dissemination. Main topics are listed as follows:


1.Performance-Based Design of Structures

Engineering descriptions of performance levels; conceptual design for multiple performance objectives; reliability-based design procedures; methods for analytical prediction of performance.


2.Seismic, Wind and Exceptional Loads

Seismic load; wind load; fire; fire after an earthquake; explosions; impact.


3.Material Behavior

Material properties; use of special steel grades; strain rate; welded affected zones; fatigue; brittle fracture.


4.Member Behavior

Rotation capacity; local buckling; overall buckling; classifications of sections; deterioration of strength, stiffness, ductility.


5.Connection Behavior

Cyclic behavior of joints; analytical models; test results; pros and cons of welded and bolted connections; new innovations; data bank; influence of fully and partially restrained connections; seismic demands and capabilities of frames with welded, bolted, or innovative connections.


6.Global Behavior

Moment resisting frames; braced frames; new and innovative structural systems; collapse mechanisms; redundancy of structures; dynamic influence of P-D effects; modeling of deterioration; evaluation of reduction factors; damageability; large span structures, bridges, and space frames; influence of non-structural elements.


7.Analytical and Experimental Methods

Dynamic analysis; geometrical nonlinearity and material nonlinearity; optimization; static tests, shaking table tests; online real-time tests; distributed hybrid collaboration tests via the Internet.


8.Mixed and Composite Structures

Concrete filled tube (CFT) construction; steel encased in reinforced concrete (SRC) construction; mixed structures with reinforced concrete; mixed structures with timber; steel pile foundation and foundation problems.


9.Passive, Semi-active, and Active Control

Behavior of isolated structures; bridge bearings; energy dissipation; special devices; control algorithms; smart structures; design models; criteria for detailing.


10.Strengthening, Repair, and Monitoring

Examination of damage; criteria for retrofitting; structural health monitoring; improvement of structural strength and ductility; ordinary buildings; historical buildings; bridges.



Safety principles; up-dating of national and international codes; calibration activities; AISC, CISC, Eurocode activities.


12.Design, Fabrication, and Practice

National practices case studies; cost-benefit ratio; design aids, fabrication and erection; aesthetics and habitability

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