Introduction

SUSI 2020 is the 16th International Conference in the successful series of Structures Under Shock and Impact. The first conference started in Cambridge, Massachusetts, (1989) and continued in Portsmouth, UK (1992); Madrid, Spain (1994); Udine, Italy (1996); Thessaloniki, Greece (1998); Cambridge, UK (2000); Montreal (2002); Crete (2004); the New Forest, home to the Wessex Institute (2006); the Algarve, Portugal (2008); Tallinn, Estonia (2010), Kos, Greece (2012); The New Forest, UK (2014); Crete, Greece (2016) and Seville, Spain (2018).

The increasing need to protect civilian infrastructure and industrial facilities against unintentional loads arising from accidental impact and explosion events as well as terrorist attacks is reflected in the sustained interest in the SUSI meetings over three decades. While advances have been made over this period, many challenges remain, such as to develop more effective and efficient blast and impact mitigation approaches than those that currently exist. The primary focus remains the survivability of physical facilities and the protection of people, as well as reducing economic losses and impact on the environment, with emphasis on innovative protective technologies to support the needs of an economically growing, modern society. The application of this technology ranges from the safe transportation of people and dangerous materials to defences against natural hazards such as floods, wind, storms, tsunamis and earthquakes.

Large scale testing is prohibitive and small scale laboratory testing results in scaling uncertainties. Continuing research is therefore essential to improve knowledge on how these structures behave under a variety of load actions, some of which interact making it even more complex and difficult to define. Consequently, more use of advanced numerical simulations for load and structural response calculations is common practice in industry and research. Such calculations can directly be used in design and risk assessment calculations, but also be applied to more simplified design tools and design codes. Whether numerical or analytical modelling techniques are employed, experimental validation is vital for there to be acceptance of the approach to be used. The SUSI meeting over the years has fulfilled many objectives, not least to provide a forum for the exchange of research ideas and results to promote a better understanding of these critical issues relating to the testing behaviour, modelling and analyses of protective structures against blast and impact loading.

It is the objective of these meetings to bring together scientists and engineers from a wide range of academic disciplines and industrial backgrounds who have an interest in the structural impact and blast response of structures and materials. In this way, the major developments in different areas can be brought to the attention of the entire community.

All papers presented at the SUSI conference since 1994 are archived in the WIT eLibrary (www.witpress.com/elibrary), where they are accessible to the international community.

Topics

The following list covers some of the topics to be presented at the Conference. Papers on other subjects related to the objectives of the meeting are also welcome

  • Impact and blast loading
  • Energy absorbing issues
  • Computational and experimental results
  • Response of reinforced concrete under impact
  • Response of buildings to blast
  • Seismic behaviour
  • Protection of existing structures
  • Industrial accidents and explosions
  • Hazard mitigation and assessment
  • Security issues
  • Response of composite structures to blast and impact
  • Vehicle impact
  • Ballistics analysis
  • Dynamic material behaviour
  • Structural design against multiple based activities
  • Fluid-structure interaction
  • Multiphysics coupled problems
  • Case studies

Benefits of Attending

USB Drive

Delegates will receive a USB drive at the conference containing the presented papers.

Publication

Papers presented at SUSI 2020 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Reduced Fee for PhD Students

The Wessex Institute believes in the importance of encouraging PhD students to present and publish innovative research at its conferences. As a result, the Institute offers PhD students a much-reduced conference fee.

Networking

Participants can present their research and interact with experts from around the world, as part of a unique community.

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering (ISSN: 2041-9031; Digital ISSN: 2041-904X)

Publication of Papers

Peer review

To ensure the quality of our publications, abstracts and papers are double peer-reviewed by members of the International Scientific Advisory Committee and other experts, with manuscripts processed through CrossRef Similarity Check to screen for plagiarism.

Publication

Papers presented at SUSI 2020 are to be published in a Volume of WIT Transactions on the Built Environment (ISSN: 1743-3509). The publication will be available in both electronic and hard copy.

Indexing

The WIT Transactions are DOI registered with CrossRef and are currently listed in indexing services such as Scopus and Google Scholar, as well as being submitted to the Web of Science. All conference books are listed in the British Library and American Library of Congress.

Open Access and Digital Archive

All conference papers are archived permanently on our electronic library where they can be downloaded for free (www.witpress.com/elibrary).

Journal publication opportunity

After the conference, delegates will be invited to submit an enhanced version of the conference paper to the International Journal of Safety and Security Engineering (ISSN: 2041-9031; Digital ISSN: 2041-904X)

Location Informationlisbon

Lisbon, the capital of Portugal, is one of the oldest cities in Europe and predates other European capitals such as London, Paris and Rome. Lisbon has a rich and diverse history and is thought to have been founded by Phoenicians. Lisbon witnessed Muslim domination, a Christian conquest, a golden age of discoveries, destruction by an earthquake in 1755 and followed by an enlightened reconstruction process and ongoing renewal.

Its compact historic centre means that it is easy to explore through the characteristic narrow and winding streets. The city boasts many museums, squares, towers, gardens and cafes as well as the Castle of St George, which overlooks Lisbon in its entirety.

Castelo de São Jorge, dates back to the 11th Century, although it is thought the first fortifications on the hilltop were erected during the 2nd Century. The Castle overlooks Lisbon and the Tagus River is one of the city’s top attractions and visitors able to climb the towers and walk along the walls. There are three guided tours daily in Portuguese, English and Spanish.

The UNESCO-listed Monastery, Mosteiro dos Jerónimos, is another must-see in the parish of Belem, Lisbon. Populated by the monks of the Order of St Jerome until the order was dissolved in 1833, the Monastery then served as a school and orphanage until around 1940. The monastery is one of the most prominent examples of the Portuguese Late Gothic Manueline style of architecture in Lisbon.

Lisbon enjoys 290 days of sunshine a year and the temperature rarely drops below 15 degrees centigrade. As a coastal city, there are also fantastic sandy beaches easily accessible by public transport.

Travel Information

Conference Venue Address:

TRYP Lisboa Oriente Hotel
Av. D. João II, Parque das Nações, 1990-083
Lisbon

By Air

Lisbon Airport (LIS)

Lisbon International Airport is less than 3km from the conference venue is very well connected internationally. Direct flights are available from most major airports in Europe and as well as North and South America, Dubai, Moscow, Tel Aviv or Beijing.

For full information on all the destinations and airlines operating in this airport, please visit: https://www.ana.pt/en/lis/home

From the airport to the hotel

The hotel is less than 3km from the airport and can easy be reached by public transport:

Metro: There is only one metro line operating at the airport. You need to depart the metro at the third stop after leaving the airport (the stop is called ORIENTE). The hotel is only 2 minute walk from the station.Taxi: The cost of the taxi is around 10€, depending on how much luggage you have.

By Rail

Most international trains arrive at Santa Apolonia station which is in the city centre.

In order to travel to the hotel, you will need to depart the train at Santa Apolonia and take either the Urban Service or Regional Service to Oriente. The journey takes around 8 minutes and costs less than 2€. The hotel is a 2 minute walk from the Oriente Station.

If you prefer to take a taxi once you have arrived to Apolonia station, the price of a taxi from the city centre to the hotel will cost around 10-15 Euros.

Moving around Lisbon

The hotel is situated in the north part of the city in an area known as “Parque das Naçoes” which was developed for the 1998 Expo. The area is connected to the city centre via metro (red line “Linha Vermelha”). A single ticket will cost 1.45€ and a 1 day ticket will cost 6.30€.

Some useful links:

Lisboa tourism information website: https://www.visitlisboa.com/

Lisboa metro information http://www.metrolisboa.pt/eng/

Lisboa airport: https://www.ana.pt/en/lis/home/

 

Please note that all information included above is correct at August 2019. All prices and travel details are subject to change.

Venue Information

TRYP Lisboa Oriente Hotel

The conference will take place at the TRYP Lisboa Oriente Hotel, Lisbon. The hotel is located in the heart of the Parque das Naçoes, alongside the ultra-modern transport hub at Gare do Oriente and the Vasco da Gama Bridge (the longest bridge in Europe). The hotel is just a few minutes from the centre of the city and 3km from Lisbon International Airport, it is also in the vicinity of the Oceanarium, the Vasco da Gama shopping mall, and the marina. It has more than 200 rooms, a fitness centre, a private garage and free Wi-Fi access throughout the hotel.

Conference Venue Address:

TRYP Lisboa Oriente Hotel
Av. D. João II, Parque das Nações, 1990-083
Lisbon

Accommodation

Accommodation is available at the conference venue, TRYP Lisboa Oriente Hotel, Lisbon.

Please send the booking form directly to the hotel, using the email address from the form. The form is available here: Accommodation Booking Form (PDF)

TRYP Oriente LobbyTRYP Oriente Premium Sup RoomTRYP Oriente Breakfast Restaurant

 

Additional Information

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