SEDUREC 2009 will address the advances in both the
computational methods and the experimental techniques for the analysis
of the safety and durability of materials and constructions in civil
engineering and architecture.
The ability to provide numerical simulations for predicting failure of
structures with standard and new composite materials is advancing
rapidly. Significant advances have been made in the formulation and
implementation of algorithms for static and dynamic problems involving
finite strains, complex contact interaction laws, constitutive material
behaviours including multi-physics or multi-scale effects, progressive
large scale fracturing, etc. Such advances, however, demand a closer
interaction between numerical analysts and material scientists in
order to produce theoretical models which provide a response in keeping
with fundamental material principles and experimental observations.
Numerical techniques, and in particular finite element and discrete
element methods, are now extensively employed in non-linear structural
analysis and very often offer the only means of solution for practical
Experimental methodologies for structural analysis on the other hand,
are undergoing significant technological changes. The development of
wireless sensor networks (WSN) incorporating the advances in networked
info-mechanical systems (NIMS) for intelligent control and operation of
maintenance systems add new possibilities for enhanced safety and
durability of constructions.
SEDUREC 2009 will act as a forum for developers and partitioners in
the field of safety and durability of materials and constructions to
discuss recent advances in both computational and
experimental techniques and identification of future research directions.