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With infrastructure construction rapidly rising in developing countries around the world, and the growing need for infrastructure repair and rehabilitation in the developed world, more and more attention is being paid to improving safety, reliability, serviceability, and sustainability of such structures so as to improve outcome and reduce cost. An understanding of risk assessment and uncertainty quantification is absolutely necessary in order to achieve those outcomes. This two volume work provides the background and understanding of the tools used to incorporate risk and uncertainty factors into the planning and design of the built environment. This second volume focuses on the application of risk and reliability in bridge engineering. It covers specific bridge types, including cable-stayed and truss bridges. Both dynamic reliability of long-span bridges and the fatigue reliability assessment of steel bridges under heavy vehicle loads are presented, with real life examples. The book also provides theoretical principles and feasibility studies of the emerging technologies and materials for sustainable structures.
Naiwei Lu is a lecturer of civil engineering at Changsha University of Science and Technology.