Call for papers: Special Issue on Structural Health Monitoring with Piezoelectric Transducers

An ongoing global challenge is the maintaining of structural integrity for aging infrastructure. In countries like the United States, large swaths of vital infrastructure in transportation, energy, waste management, etc. are in dire need of remediation. As the health of such vital infrastructure is key to economic growth, there is an urgent need to search for ways to not only preserve the integrity of existing structures, but also ensure the health of future structures. While remediation can come temporarily through large investments on conventional maintenance and construction, a more reliable and long-term solution is the use of newly developed monitoring technologies. A class of technologies that show promise for tackling such a grand task are piezoelectric transducers. 

Piezoelectric materials, a type of smart materials, can convert between mechanical energy (e.g. vibrations, strain) and electrical energy (e.g. voltage). This fundamental operating principle has given rise to nearly limitless possibilities in technological development. The core of countless modern devices, ranging from smart phones to ultrasonic cleaners, are based on transducers made from piezoelectric materials. While piezoelectric materials continue to revolutionize our way of life in unexpected ways, their potential for radically transform infrastructural robustness has not yet been fully realized.

Therefore, to push forward innovation and raise awareness in the development of piezoelectric transducers for structural health monitoring, this issue will showcase cutting edge examples of high impact research in this area. Examples include embedded sensing networks, interfacial monitoring systems, innovative sensors and actuators, damage localization and characterization, modeling and simulation, case studies, sensing networks supported by artificial intelligence, among many other fascinating topics. Readers will see that manifestations of futuristic smart structures that can sense damage, report damage, and even automatically effect temporary repairs have come within practical reach as piezoelectric transducers become more advanced.

Deadline for submissions: 30 December, 2020

Guest editors

Dr. Gangbing Song, University of Houston, Houston, Texas, USA

Dr. Hong-Nan Li, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian, Liaoning, China

Dr. Siu Chun Michael Ho, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, Texas, USA

How to submit your article

Articles can be submitted through Editorial Manager:

The special issue is created as submission questionnaire in the system. When you submit your paper you will be asked if your paper belongs to a special issue. If you answer yes, a pull down menu prompts up where you can select the title of the special issue to which you are submitting your paper.