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International Journal of Protective Structures

Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Hong Hao

Department of Civil Engineering, Curtin University, GPO Box U1987, Perth WA6845, Australia

Published quarterly • ISSN 2041-4196 •
Indexed in (among others): SCOPUS

Q1 in Building and Construction, Q1 in Mechanics of Materials, Q1 in Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

Because of increased terrorist activities, the effective protection of critical civil infrastructure such as embassies, government buildings, airports and bridges against blast loads has become a critical issue. Moreover, the effects of military ordnance on civil infrastructure, and collateral damage estimation, are increasingly topics of relevance to defence agencies and government. Hence, there has been a significant increase in research activities related to infrastructure protection against blast loads around the world. Many new research results have been obtained. In addition to blast loads from terrorist actions or accidental gas explosions, vehicle impact on road and bridge infrastructure, ship impact on bridge structures, and impact between adjacent structures during earthquake shakings, drop weight effects, etc have also been reported to cause structural damage and failure. Many research activities are devoted to the modeling and analysis of shock and impact effects on structures. Penetration and perforation analysis, material failure in high strain rate loading, test method developments in shock and impact conditions have also attracted increasing research interests in recent years.

The International Journal of Protective Structures will publish high quality research papers related to civil infrastructure protection against natural or man-made shock and impact loads, including but not limited to blast loads from terrorist actions or accidental gas explosions, vehicle impact on road and bridge infrastructure, ship impact on bridge structures, impact between adjacent structures during earthquake shakings, and drop weight effects. It welcomes original papers related to the themes of the journal. Civil infrastructure may include, but is not limited to, buildings, bridges, pipelines, offshore platforms, shipping, defence facilities and other onshore, offshore, above-ground or underground structures. The journal will be an effective medium for the timely dissemination of research findings that will not only benefit the professional communities, but also society as a whole for effective infrastructure protection. It will serve as a bridge to link active researchers, academics, engineers and policy makers around the world.

The editor will consider:

Full-length papers; Short technical notes; Discussion and review papers; Book reviews.

All manuscripts must be unpublished work with a significant original contribution related to the theme of the journal. All the manuscripts will be peer-reviewed. Contributions should be sent directly to the editor via


International Journal of Lifecycle Performance Engineering

Editor-in-Chief: Prof. Hong Hao

IJLCPE is founded on the basis that everyone in the design, construction and management of civil structures should consider that each decision made and each action taken is constrained by limited resources. It is vitally important that they take into account that structures have a finite lifetime and are involved in an aging process whereby slow degradation and sudden environmental threats play a role and risk evolves to higher values, implying additional costs. Structural performance thus becomes a “lifecycle performance”.

Topics covered include:
• Damage evolution and risk analysis
• Time dependent structural performance and lifecycle behaviour
• Environmental threats (earthquakes, floods, strong winds), residual safety analysis
• Fatigue
• Corrosion
• Degradation and aging of structural materials
• Robustness and vulnerability to local explosions and fires

• Infrastructural and urban system resilience
• Lifecycle oriented design criteria
• Maintenance planning
• Lifecycle and retrofit
• Safety assessment by structural health monitoring
• Case studies

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