Chiara Bedon

Chiara Bedon
University of Trieste | UNITS · Department of Engineering and Architecture

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Introduction
Chiara is Associate Professor at University of Trieste, Department of Engineering and Architecture, Italy, where she is instructor for the course of 'Structural Analysis'. PhD degree in 2012, since 2009 she is involved in international research projects and networks (JRC-ERNCIP, NATO-SPS, EU-COST, etc.). Editorial Board member for several ISI journals. Top Scientist for research impact in 2019 and 2020 (Stanford std cit indicators), Top Italian Scientis (TIS) since 2021 (Engineering > Civil)
Additional affiliations
December 2019 - June 2022
University of Trieste
Position
  • Assistant Professor (RTDB)
December 2014 - December 2019
University of Trieste
Position
  • Assistant Professor (RTDA)
July 2012 - October 2013
Università degli Studi di Sassari
Position
  • Research Associate
Description
  • Research fellowship (9 months).
Education
January 2009 - April 2012
University of Trieste
Field of study
  • Structural Engineering
November 2007 - December 2008
University of Trieste
Field of study
  • Structural Engineering
September 2005 - December 2007
University of Trieste
Field of study
  • Structural Engineering

Publications

Publications (327)
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Structural glass represents a relatively new solution for constructions, requiring appropriate knowledge, but is largely used for facades, roofs, footbridges, etc. There, composite systems in which multiple glass members can interact with traditional building materials, should offer appropriate fail-safe performances, within the full lifetime. Furt...
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Buildings 2021, 11(2), 39; https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings11020039
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The lateral torsional buckling (LTB) analysis of glass members is a well-known issue, and can be critical for the design of glass fins that are used to brace slab panels or walls and facades. In this paper, the attention is focused on the LTB analysis of glass fins that are restrained to glass wall panels via continuous, flexible joints able to act...
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The paper presents the results of an experimental and theoretical investigation on the Pietratagliata cable-stayed bridge (Udine, Italy). Ambient vibration tests were performed in order to estimate the dynamic characteristics of the lower vibration modes of the bridge. Structural identification is carried out by means of a manual tuning procedure b...
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The vibration serviceability assessment of slender and/or lightweight pedestrian systems with high sensitivity to walk-induced effects is rather challenging. In the same way, laminated glass (LG) is used in buildings for structural applications but still represents a not well known and vulnerable material. For pedestrian LG systems, the characteriz...
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Several factors, including incentives associated with aesthetics, transparency, high chemical, and mechanical durability, and its excellent corrosion resistance, have rapidly accelerated the interest and use of glass as windows, façades, or load-bearing elements in structural applications. Nonetheless, the glass is chemically attacked when subjecte...
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Load-bearing structural glass elements in buildings take often the form of columns, beams, plates and even stand-alone complex assemblies, where glass interacts with other constructional materials. Among others, the dynamic response o laminated glass (LG) elements attracts high interest, given that it relates to design of buildings under impact or...
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This paper reports on a finite element numerical investigation for pointed fixed laminated glass panels (PFLGP). The study focused on the influence of the fixing elements and interlayer material. Two mechanical point fixing solutions were studied: i) embedded and ii) countersunk bolt fixings. Two types of interlayers were considered: EVASAFE and PV...
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Bird-strike analysis is of particular relevance for aircraft engineering applications, where major wing or fuselage components may suffer for possible collision during flying stage and result in serious structural damage. To this aim, the Federal Aviation Regulations requires dedicated bird-strike resistance assessment tests and certifications. In...
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Despite much research and applications, glass material and its use in buildings is still challenging for engineers due to its inherent brittleness and characteristic features such as sensitivity to stress concentrations, reduction in strength over time and from temperature, and breakage due to the stresses that may build up because of thermal gradi...
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This paper describes the results of an experimental investigation on novel homogeneous and hybrid beech-Corsican pine glue-laminated timber (glulam) beams made of short supply chain timber boards and melamine-based adhesive. The aim is to carry out the mechanical characterization of these glulam beams both in the homogeneous and in the hybrid confi...
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The main goal of Anti-Shatter Films (ASFs) applications for structural glass is to create a barrier able to keep together fragments and minimize risk after any impulsive or static load that could lead glass to cracking. The influence of ASF properties on the flexural strength of coated glass elements is thus a relevant topic for safe design purpose...
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Civil engineering design and industry are continuously evolving with the support of advancements in technology. Digital tools are able to assist designers in solving several issues with more accuracy and minimized efforts. In parallel, maximization of human comfort is a target for various design procedures, where mathematical models and standardize...
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The mechanical performance of pedestrian structures attracts the attention of several studies, especially with respect to unfavourable operational conditions or possible damage scenarios. In terms of vibrations, for example, specific customer comfort levels must be satisfied, depending on the class of use, the structural typology, the involved mate...
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The analysis of load-bearing capacity and the determination of blast protection levels for ordinary glass windows and façade components in buildings is known to represent a design and research issue of crucial importance. In the same way, reliable methods to address this issue are mostly based on cost and management expensive experimental investiga...
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Glass balustrades are designed to prevent large deflections and high stress peaks under conventional lateral loads. In practice, linear restraints are generally described in the form of ideal linear clamps for glass, to replace the actual geometrical and mechanical properties of restraint components. This means that strong simplifications are intro...
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Mechanical performance assessment of load-bearing elements under ordinary design actions is a priority when material degradation or even severe damage may be experienced. This is especially the case of unconventional constructional materials, or assembled systems like laminated glass (LG) solutions, in which multiple load-bearing components may suf...
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The vibration performance of pedestrian structures attracts the attention of several studies, especially with respect to unfavorable operational conditions or possible damage scenarios. Specific vibration comfort levels must be satisfied in addition to basic safety requirements, depending on the class of use, the structural typology and the materia...
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Cable supported glass façades are sensitive to wind action because of their flexibility. Conventional laboratory testing to check a façade reliability under the wind action is generally carried out by uniformly air pressure tests. However, the typical wind action on a surface is known to be not uniform because it varies due to building aerodynamics...
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Exceptional loads on buildings and structures are known to take origin and manifest from different causes, like natural hazards and possible high-strain dynamic effects, human-made attacks and impact issues for load-bearing components, possible accidents, and even unfavorable/extreme operational conditions [...]
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Knowledge of body motion features and walk-induced effects is of primary importance for the vibration analysis of structures, especially low-frequency slabs and lightweight and/or slender systems, as well as for clinical applications. Structurally speaking, consolidated literature procedures are available for a wide set of constructional solutions...
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The seismic performance analysis of steel–concrete composite frames involves, as known, the interaction of several load-bearing components that should be properly designed, with multiple geometrical and mechanical parameters to account. Practical recommendations are given by the Eurocode 8 (EC8) – Annex C for the optimal detailing of transverse reb...
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Anti-shatter safety films (ASFs) are often used for structural glass applications. The goal is to improve the response of monolithic elements and prevent fragments from shattering. Thus, the main reason behind their use is the possibility to upgrade safety levels against the brittle failure of glass and minimize the number of possible injuries. How...
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In 2007 the Italian National Research Council published the technical document CNR-DT 206/2007 “Instructions for the design, execution and control of timber structures”, with the purpose to provide a technical support to the operators of the sector, in line with the most advanced knowledge at that time. Since then, the world of timber engineering h...
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The design of glass structures under dynamic loads still presents a high degree of uncertainty. Among others, one of the methods to study the vulnerability of structural systems is based on the use of fragility curves. This study includes a seismic evaluation of structural glass frame as a function of fragility curves in earthquake engineering. In...
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Laminated glass panels with point fixing restraints are widely used in buildings. Although significant progress has been reached within its production and installation, a lack of standardization, and particularly, their actual load-bearing capacity and performance under seismic events is not well addressed, and is largely affected by the connection...
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Damage to building load-bearing members (especially columns) under explosions and impact are critical issues for structures, given that they may cause a progressive collapse and remarkably increase the number of potential victims. One of the best ways to deal with this issue is to provide values of safe protective distance (SPD) for the structural...
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Glass material is largely used in buildings and facilities due to various motivations. Besides, glass still represents a vulnerable component for building occupants. Careful attention is required especially for glass elements that may be subjected to extreme design loads, such as impact, vibrations, etc. Among various approaches and techniques to p...
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The vibration performance of pedestrian structures has attracted the attention of several studies, especially with respect to unfavourable operational conditions or possible damage scenarios. Specific vibration comfort levels must be commonly satisfied in addition to basic safety requirements , depending on the class of use, the structural typology...
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In engineering applications, human comfort fulfillment is challenging because it depends on several aspects that can be mathematically controlled and optimized, like in case of structural, energy, or thermal issues, and others. Major troubles can indeed derive from combined human reactions, which are related to a multitude of aspects. The so-called...
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The aim of this article is to predict the compressive strength of environmentally friendly concrete modified with eggshell powder. For this purpose, an optimized artificial neural network, combined with a novel metaheuristic shuffled frog leaping optimization algorithm, was employed and compared with a well-known genetic algorithm and multiple line...
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The solution of the motion equation for a structural system under prescribed loading and the prediction of the induced accelerations, velocities, and displacements is of special importance in structural engineering applications. In most cases, however, it is impossible to propose an exact analytical solution, as in the case of systems subjected to...
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Given the growing spread of glass as a construction material, the knowledge of structural response must be ensured, especially under dynamic accidental loads. In this regard, an increasingly popular method to probabilistically characterize the seismic response of a given structure is based on the use of “fragility” or “seismic vulnerability” curves...
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Current standards for seismic-resistant buildings provide recommendations for various structural systems, but no specific provisions are given for structural glass. As such, the seismic design of joints and members could result in improper sizing and non-efficient solutions, or even non-efficient calculation procedures. An open issue is represented...
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Among the open design issues for structural laminated glass (LG) elements, their mechanical performance during fire exposure stands as a safety concern. This issue is the focus of this paper. An experimental investigation is conducted to evaluate the effect of non-uniform thermal gradients on the out-of-plane bending capacity of standard LG specime...
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In the framework of the Cost Action CERTBOND (Reliable roadmap for certification of bonded primary structures), a wide group of researchers from 27 European Countries have had the opportunity to work on the topic of certification of bonded joints for primary structural applications from different engineering sectors such as the aerospace, automotiv...
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The increasingly use of glass in buildings certainly represents a new challenge for designers and researchers. On one side, the continuous development and innovation supports the development of novel solutions. At the same time, research studies and efforts are still required to optimize the safety levels and structural performances of this unconve...
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Glass material is largely used for load-bearing components in buildings. For this reason, standardized calculation methods can be used in support of safe structural design in common loading and boundary conditions. The mechanical performance of structural glass elements in fire, however, still represents an open challenge. Often, special fire-resis...
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Experimental out-of-plane, four-points bending tests were performed on two series of three-layered Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) panels made of Calabrian Beech and Calabrian Beech and Corsican Pine respectively. The predominant failure mechanism was rolling shear alongthe innerlayer and the glue line. A linear elastic model of a three-layered, CLT p...
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The number of effective factors and their nonlinear behaviour—mainly the nonlinear effect of the factors on concrete properties—has led researchers to employ complex models such as artificial neural networks (ANNs). The compressive strength is certainly a prominent characteristic for design and analysis of concrete structures. In this paper, 1030 c...
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The column buckling problem was first investigated by Leonhard Euler in 1757. Since then, numerous efforts have been made to enhance the buckling capacity of slender columns, because of their importance in structural, mechanical, aeronautical, biomedical, and several other engineering fields. Buckling analysis has become a critical aspect, especial...
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For engineering applications, human comfort in the built environment depends on several objective aspects that can be mathematically controlled and limited to reference performance indicators. Typical examples include structural, energy and thermal issues, and others. Human reactions, however, are also sensitive to a multitude of aspects that can b...
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This paper investigates the structural response of laminated glass beams under combined fire-exposure and sustained in-plane loading. This is done by means of experimental testing and Finite Element (FE) numerical modelling. Firstly, small-scale (1 m long) laminated glass beams are tested under thermal exposure and in-plane loading on a small fire...
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Background Existing Reinforced Concrete (RC) structures and brittle buildings are often exposed to seismic events that may have significant resistance and displacement demand compared to their actual capacity. Accordingly, an optimal retrofit intervention can ensure enhanced and safe structural performances for them. Among the techniques that have...
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The structural design of glass curtain walls and facades is a challenging issue, considering that building envelopes can be subjected extreme design loads. Among others, the soft body impact (SBI) test protocol represents a key design step to protect the occupants. While in Europe the standardized protocol based on the pneumatic twin-tire (TT) impa...
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Self-Tapping Screws (STSs) are commonly used to realize many geometrical configurations for connections that are characterized by enhanced stiffness and load-carrying capacity. The analysis of STS joints and composite systems, however, usually requires designers to account for several aspects in their actual load transfer mechanisms, and most of th...
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Within multiple design challenges, the lateral torsional buckling (LTB) analysis and stability check of structural glass members is a well-known issue for design. Typical examples can be found not only in glass slabs with slender bracing members but also in facades and walls, where glass fins are used to brace the vertical panels against input pres...
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Bonded-in rods (BiR) represent a structural connection type that is largely used for new timber structures and rehabilitation (repair or reinforcement) of existing structural members. The technology is based on steel / Fiber Reinforced Polymer (FRP) / Glass Fiber Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) rods bonded into predrilled holes in timber elements. The me...
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Top and seat beam-to-column connections are commonly designed to transfer gravitational loads of simply supported steel beams. Nevertheless, the flexural resistance characteristics of these type of connections should be properly taken into account for design, when a reliable analysis of semi-rigid steel structures is desired. In this research paper...
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…New Year and new results for the SGAMR community!! The year 2021 begins with the announcement of Awardees for the first (ongoing) edition of SGAMR awards for Young Investigator (SGAMR-YRA-2020), Best Paper (SGAMR-BPA-2020) and Outstanding Reviewer (SGAMR-ORA-2020)!! In this editorial, we want further to congratulate the Winners, but also present...
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Alkali-activated products composed of industrial waste materials have shown promising environmentally friendly features with appropriate strength and durability. This study explores the mechanical properties and structural morphology of ternary blended alkali-activated mortars composed of industrial waste materials, including fly ash (FA), palm oil...
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In recent years, glass has been a largely used material for load-bearing or non-structural components in buildings and constructions. For this reason, dedicated calculation methods and approaches are required for the major loading and boundary conditions that are of technical interest for safe design purposes. Among others, the resistance and mecha...
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The large use of glass in buildings, and especially the presence of fenestrations and facade systems, represents a potential critical issue for people safety. The brittle nature of glass (with limited elastic deformation and resistance) is often enforced by its use in combination of several secondary components, whose reciprocal interaction and pot...
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The prevention of unfavourable machine-induced vibrations represents a crucial issue for the design of industrial facilities. A special attention is required for the structural assessment of the load-bearing members, that should be optimally designed with the support of specific input parameters. The characterization of the expected vibration sourc...
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The interfacial strength, vibrations attenuation and delamination resistance of Carbon Fibre Reinforced Polymer Composites (CFRPCs) can be significantly improved by introducing different nano-species (nanotube/nanorods/nanowalls/nanowires) on the Carbon Fiber (CF) surface. The present research work reports the grafting of carbon nanotubes (CNTs) on...
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Load-bearing elements composed of glass, as known, are often susceptible to buckling collapse mechanisms. This intrinsic characteristic (and thus potential limitation for design) typically derives from the use of relatively small thicknesses to cover large spans and surfaces, thus resulting in a multitude of columns, beams, or plates that are chara...
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Fire is a significant threat to human life and civil infrastructures. Builders and architects are hankering for safer and sustainable alternatives of concrete that do not compromise with their design intent or fire safety requirements. The aim of the present work is to improve the residual compressive performance of concrete in post-fire exposure b...
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Single-degree-of-freedom (SDOF) models are known to represent a valid tool in support of design. Key assumptions of these models, on the other hand, can strongly affect the expected predictions, hence resulting in possible overconservative or misleading estimates for the response of real structural systems under extreme actions. Among others, the d...
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Machine-induced vibrations and their control represent, for several reasons, a crucial design issue for buildings, and especially for industrial facilities. A special attention is required, at the early design stage, for the structural and dynamic performance assessment of the load-bearing members, given that they should be optimally withstand pote...
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h i g h l i g h t s Beech and Corsican Pine short chain supply boards were tested to realize CLT panels. Bending and shear test were performed in-plane and perpendicular-to-plane direction. Hybrid Beech-Corsican Pine CLT panels show high flexural and shear mechanical performances. Finite Elements analyses were carried out to compare C24 Spuce CLT p...
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This paper presents numerical modelling to study potential mitigation methods to improve the impact resistance performance of laminated glass windows against timber windborne debris impact. A detailed numerical model of laminated glass window is generated and validated with laboratory impact tests. The influence of supporting frames made of differe...
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Due to several advantages, Insulated Glass Units (IGUs) are largely used in buildings to realize curtain walls, vertical partitions but also roofs or pedestrian systems. The typical IGU consists of two glass layers, either monolithic and/or laminated sections, that can mechanically interact via an hermetically-sealed air (or gas) cavity between the...