1313 Computational Mechanics and Dynamics in Transportation Infrastructures

Sakdirat Kaewunruen, University of Birmingham
Akira Aikawa, Railway Technical Research Institute
Raid Karoumi, KTH Royal Institute of Technology
Alex Remennikov, University of Wollongong
Social and economic growth, security, and sustainability, around the globe, are at risk of being compromised due to aging and failing railway infrastructure systems. This partly reflects a recognized skill shortage in railway infrastructure engineering. Emerging risks and their significant consequences, with no sign of early warnings, has been recently evidenced by many extreme events, such as the Nepal Earthquakes, the Madrid train bombing, the Brussels Metro Attack, etc. A great deal of past research has emphasized the applications of analytical modeling techniques in solving design problems in the transportation industry. Many fundamental issues, such as choice of nonlinear materials, durability, capacity, time dependent engineering properties, functionality requirements, and radical design concepts, remain a challenge in computational mechanics and dynamics problems for transportation infrastructures.

This mini-symposium will address some of the most essential issues currently affecting the safety, reliability and functionality of transportation and transit systems. Rebuilding and enhancing urban rail infrastructure faces problems, beyond the search from experimental and empirical solutions. This symposium will accept various novel and original research topics related to computational mechanics and dynamics in transportation infrastructure systems, including, but not limited to:

•Safety, risks and uncertainty
•Nonlinear dynamics
•Nonlinear materials
•Computational geotechniques
•Railway mechanics
•Road-vehicle and train-track interactions
•Time-dependent modeling
•Fracture mechanics
•Fluid Dynamics
•Wind-Structure, Fluid-Structure Interaction