ASCE-ASME Journal of Risk and Uncertainty in Engineering Systems, Part B: Mechanical Engineering
Guest Editor: Geng Feng, Michael Beer, Frank P.A. Coolen, Bilal M. Ayyub, Kok-Kwang Phoon
DESCRIPTION AND SCOPE
Our modern life has grown to depend on many and nearly ubiquitous large complex engineering systems, such as tunnels, gas/oil pipelines, geotechnical infrastructures, etc. All of them are the backbones of our modern society, therefore, the complex real-world systems should not only be reliable, but with high resilient capacity, which plays a fundamental role during a disruptive scenario. This poses the following challenge. The rapid growth is scale, complexity and interconnection of our real-world systems and their environment is associated with a significant growth of uncertainties and risks, arising from the growing gap between current model capabilities and demands to capture new phenomena. Deficiencies of current models concern, in particular, capturing critical issues and mechanisms that are seemingly minor but have the potential to lead to catastrophic risks and dramatic consequences through cascading failures in complex systems. As a conclusion, developments should target at resilient and cost-effective solutions to eliminate or reduce these vulnerabilities by making our complex systems and networks resilient at a minimum level of risk proneness. The goal is not to preserve existing systems, but to preserve and even enhance critical to high-technology systems, where failure consequences can be particularly severe.
Analysing and modelling the resilience of these complex and large-scale engineering systems in the real-world has recently raised significant interest among both academia and industry. It has been recognised that such comprehensive development requires innovative theories, approaches and technologies for resilient design and risk reduction for complex systems and networks at systems scale. Such developments will facilitate further robust economic growth through resilient and efficient high-performance systems.
In this “Resilience Renaissance” era, efforts should be made to deliver more fundamental, conceptual, as well as applicable papers.
The objective and scope of this special issue is, to gather contributions from both academia and industry, to present the most recent advances in the field of theories and concepts for resilience assessment of engineering systems.