The 10th International Conference on the BEHAVIOUR OF STEEL STRUCTURES IN SEISMIC AREAS Timisoara, Romania, 25-27 May 2022

STESSA 2022 Behaviour of Steel Structures in Seismic Areas

STESSA is the specialty conference on seismic design and performance of steel structures. Its main mission is to provide an international forum for researchers and engineers to share with their peers the latest developments in the field of seismic behaviour of steel structures.

Previous editions of STESSA were held in Timisoara (Romania, 1994), Kyoto (Japan, 1997), Montreal (Canada, 2000), Naples (Italy, 2003), Yokohama (Japan, 2006), Philadelphia (United States, 2009), Santiago (Chile, 2012), Shanghai (China, 2015) and Christchurch (New Zealand, 2018).

The 10th International Conference on the Behaviour of Steel Structures in Seismic Areas (STESSA 2022) is to take place on 25 - 27 May 2022 in Timisoara, Romania. It is organised by Politehnica University of Timisoara and the Romanian Academy, Timisoara Branch, in cooperation with the University of Naples "Federico II".

The 10th anniversary edition of the STESSA conference returns to Timisoara, the city where it started, as a tribute to Victor Gioncu, who came with the idea of initiating the series of conferences dedicated to the behaviour of steel structures in seismic areas. This conference will bring together academics, researchers and engineers from around the world to discuss the latest developments related to the behaviour of steel structures in seismic areas.

Federico M. Mazzolani
Professor Emeritus
University of Naples "Federico II", Italy
Dan Dubina
Politehnica University of Timisoara,
Romanian Academy, Timisoara Branch, Romania

Bucharest Tower Center

Conference topics

  • Behaviour of structural members
  • Behaviour of connections
  • Performance of structural systems
  • Mixed and composite structures
  • Energy dissipation systems
  • Self-centring and low-damage systems
  • Assessment and retrofitting
  • Codes and standards
  • Light-gauge systems
Keynote speakers
Abolhassam Astaneh-Asl

Abolhassam Astaneh-Asl
University of California, USA

Dan M. Frangopol

Dan M. Frangopol
Lehigh University, USA

Guo Qiang Li

Guo Qiang Li
Tongji University, China

Federico M. Mazzolani

Federico M. Mazzolani
University of Naples "Federico II", Italy

James M. Ricles

James M. Ricles
Lehigh University, USA

Akira Wada

Akira Wada
Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan


International scientific committee

  • Giuseppe Brando, University of Chieti-Pescara, Italy
  • Michel Bruneau, University at Buffalo, USA
  • Luis Calado, Instituto Superior Tecnico, Portugal
  • Jose Miguel Castro, University of Porto, Portugal
  • Su-Wen Chen, Tongji University, China
  • Mario D'Aniello, University of Naples "Federico II", Italy
  • Gianfranco De Matteis, "Vanvitelli" University of Campania, Italy
  • Hervee Degee, University of Hasselt, Belgium
  • Gaetano Della Corte, University of Naples "Federico II", Italy
  • Florea Dinu, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
  • Evangelos Efthymiou, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece
  • Amr Elnashai, University of Houston, USA
  • Beatrice Faggiano, University of Naples "Federico II", Italy
  • Larry Fahnestock, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA
  • Luigi Fiorino, University of Naples "Federico II", Italy
  • Antonio Formisano, University of Naples "Federico II", Italy
  • Daniel Grecea, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
  • Ricardo Herrera, University of Chile, Chile
  • Benno Hoffmeister, RWTH Aachen, Germany
  • Theodore L. Karavasilis, University of Patras, Greece
  • Raffaele Landolfo, University of Naples "Federico II", Italy
  • Massimo Latour, University of Salerno, Italy
  • Dimitrios Lignos, École polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland
  • Gregory MacRae, University of Canterbury, New Zealand
  • Edoardo Marino, University of Catania, Italy
  • Elena Mele, University of Naples "Federico II", Italy
  • Rosario Montuori, University of Salerno, Italy
  • Marius Mosoarca, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
  • Masayoshi Nakashima, Kyoto University, Japan
  • Elide Nastri, University of Salerno, Italy
  • Vincenzo Piluso, University of Salerno, Italy
  • Andre Plumier, University of Liege, Belgium
  • Gian A. Rassati, University of Cincinnati, USA
  • Alireza Rezaeian, The Iranian Society of Steel Structures, Iran
  • James M. Ricles, Lehigh University, USA
  • Dipti Ranjan Sahoo, Indian Institute of Technology Delhi, India
  • Bogdan Stefanescu, Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest, Romania
  • Bozidar Stojadinovic, ETH Zürich, Switzerland
  • Aurel Stratan, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
  • Toru Takeuchi, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Robert Tremblay, Ecole Polytechnique of Montreal, Canada
  • Cüneyt Vatansever, Istanbul Technical University, Turkey
  • Ioannis Vayas, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Laszlo Gergely Vigh, Budapest University of Technology and Economics, Hungary
  • Akira Wada, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan

International advisory committee

  • Christoph Adam, University of Innsbruck, Austria
  • Carlos Aguirre, Federico Santa Maria Technical University, Chile
  • Claudio Amadio, University of Trieste, Italy
  • Abolhassam Astaneh-asl, University of California, USA
  • Gustavo Ayala, National Autonomous University of Mexico, Mexico
  • Dimitri Beskos, University of Patras, Greece
  • Teodora Bogdan, ArcelorMittal, Luxembourg
  • Yi-Yi Chen, Tongji University, China
  • Constantin Christopoulos, University of Toronto, Canada
  • Charles Clifton, University of Auckland, New Zealand
  • Luis da Silva, University of Coimbra, Portugal
  • Daniel Dan, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
  • Attilio De Martino, University of Naples "Federico II", Italy
  • Ahmed Elghazouli, Imperial College, UK
  • Michael Engelhardt, University of Texas at Austin, USA
  • Masanori Fujita, Kanagawa University, Japan
  • Askar Altay Gulay, Bogazici University, Turkey
  • Jerome Hajjar, Northeastern University, USA
  • Mohammed Hjiaj, INSA Rennes, France
  • Mamoru Iwata, Kanagawa University, Japan
  • Kazuhiko Kasai, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Helmuth Kober, Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest, Romania
  • Roberto Leon, Georgia Institute of Technology, USA
  • Guo-Qiang Li, Tongji University, China
  • Francisco Lopez Almansa, Polytechnic University of Catalonia, Spain
  • Alberto Mandara, "Vanvitelli" University of Campania, Italy
  • Gianvittorio Rizzano, University of Salerno, Italy
  • Pedro Rojas, Escuela Superior Politecnica del Litoral, Ecuador
  • Rodolfo Saragoni, University of Chile, Chile
  • Richard Sause, Lehigh University, USA
  • James Swanson, University of Cincinnati, USA
  • Motohide Tada, Osaka University, Japan
  • Lucia Tirca, Concordia University, Canada
  • Keh-Chyuan Tsai, National Taiwan University, Taiwan, China
  • Radu Vacareanu, Technical University of Civil Engineering of Bucharest, Romania
  • Dimitrios Vamvatsikos, National Technical University of Athens, Greece
  • Satoshi Yamada, Tokyo Institute of Technology, Japan
  • Riccardo Zandonini, University of Trento, Italy

Scientific secretariat

  • Aurel Stratan, Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania
  • Mario D'Aniello, University of Naples "Federico II", Italy
  • Beatrice Faggiano, University of Naples "Federico II", Italy

Local organising committee

Politehnica University of Timisoara, Romania Romanian Academy, Timisoara Branch

Director: Daniel Grecea

Adrian Ciutina Adrian Dogariu
Adriana Chesoan Andra Viasu
Anna Ene Calin Neagu
Dan Pintea Diana Duma
Dominiq Jakab Florea Dinu
Ioan Both Ioan Marginean
Nicolae-Andrei Crisan Raul Zaharia
Silvia Hernea Viktor Szalai
Viorel Ungureanu

Conference brochure

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English is the official language of the conference. Abstracts, full papers and presentations at the conference should be in English.


The conference will be held at the Central Library of the Politehnica University of Timisoara, Bd. Vasile Pârvan nr. 2b, 300223 Timisoara, Romania.

Central Library of the Politehnica University of Timisoara

About Timisoara

As a culturally diverse city, Timisoara welcomes tourists through animated regions with a rich historical and architectural heritage.

Being crossed by the Bega River, it offers the possibility of a peaceful walk along the river and through beautiful parks. But if you are looking for a lively and busy atmosphere, Timisoara is the perfect place for it. The city is home to year-round musical and theatrical performances, art galleries, and museums. Especially since Timisoara is a student town with universities located in the city center, you will find a buzzing nightlife around.

Take your time to discover this multi-faceted city and its many neighborhoods. The charm of Timisoara lies in its distinct architectural character and vibrant cultural life.

Union Square


Call for abstracts (closed)

Please submit your abstract here.

To submit an abstract, you will have to create an account. To do so click on the [Login] in the top-right corner of the page or [Submit a new abstract] and enter your email. You will receive a verification email containing a link that must be used to activate the account. After activation of the account, you will be asked to fill out a form with your contact details. This is a one-time process.

Once you have created the account, please log in to https://indico.upt.ro/e/stessa2021 and submit the abstract directly online (there is no need to attach a file). In case you need help, please see a short video tutorial here.

Abstracts should indicate the scope of the paper and highlight its original contributions. The length of the abstract should be between 200 and 300 words. Please provide up to 6 keywords and select one of the topics (tracks) to which your paper suits best. Abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee, and you will be notified of the decision as soon as possible.

Call for papers (closed)

Authors of accepted abstracts are invited to submit their full papers here: indico.upt.ro/event/1/papers/. Regular papers should be 8 pages long and should be edited using the template provided at the same link. Papers can be prepared in Microsoft Word (preferred) or Latex. Please download, fill in, sign, and upload the publishing agreement together with your paper. Each submission should consist of (1) the paper in editable format Word/Latex, (2) the paper in PDF format, and (3) the publishing agreement, all of them uploaded in one step.

Papers accepted by the Scientific Committee and presented at the conference will be published by Springer and indexed in Scopus, Ei-Compendex and Web of Science. Final papers will be checked by the publisher for plagiarism issues. Each registered participant can present maximum two papers.

Important dates

Abstract submission deadline: 31 May 2021  
Decision on abstracts: 30 June 2021  
Full paper submission deadline: 15 October 2021  
Decision on full papers: 15 December 2021  
Submission of final papers: 11 February 2022  
Registration opens: 1 February 2022  
Conference begins: 25 May 2022  


Proceedings of the 10th International Conference on Behaviour of Steel Structures in Seismic Areas (STESSA 2022) are published by Springer Nature. Free online access to conference proceedings is granted to registered participants until end of June 2022. Login to indico for access to your free copy of STESSA 2022 proceedings as a conference participant.


Travel information

Timisoara is served by Romania's third-largest airport, Traian Vuia International Airport, located 10 km away from the city center. Flights to and from international or domestic destinations can be made by airlines like Lufthansa, WizzAir, RyanAir, BlueAir, TAROM.

The most convenient way to get from the airport into the city is by taxi (or UBER), at a cost of 50 –75 RON (about 10-15 EUR). There is always the option to take a bus or to rent a car. You can find various car rental companies (Avis, Hertz, Europecar, Ascar, TOP Rent a Car, Maya Rent a Car) at the Timisoara Airport.

Romania's currency is Leu (plural "Lei"), commonly abbreviated as RON. Foreign currencies may be exchanged at banks, authorized exchange offices, airport, ATMs and larger hotels. Major credit cards (Mastercard and Visa) are widely accepted.

The exchange rate is 1 EUR = 4.95 RON

Alternatively, there is the option to fly to/from Budapest (Hungary). Pay attention, this airport is located 286 km away from Timisoara, which will add around 3 - 4 hours to your trip (by car, bus or train).

Visa information

EU/EEA/Swiss citizens do not need a visa when crossing the border to Romania, but they are required to present a valid national passport, or any document recognized by the Romanian state that certifies their identity. Citizens of non-EU/EEA countries are required at border crossing points to present a passport and a valid entry visa and an invitation (if required). Please check the list of countries whose nationals do / do not need entry visas for Romania here www.mae.ro.

COVID-19 information

Currently the epidemiological situation in Romania is good, and there are no travel restrictions. COVID-19 health measures have been lifted in Romania and the 'EU Digital COVID Certificate' is not required to access public spaces anymore. The following measures are not mandatory, but still recommended: wearing facemasks in crowded open spaces, on public transport, in closed spaces. Please check the latest news here reopen.europa.eu


Please note that May is a good month to visit Timisoara, therefore early hotel booking is highly recommended.

To help the attendees find a hotel near the conference venue, we have lined up the hotels below, within walking distance from the meeting venue, or in the downtown area:

Hotel Timisoara (4*)

Timisoara, Str. Marasesti no. 1-3 hoteltimisoara.ro/en/

Savoy (4*)

Timisoara, Spl. Tudor Vladimirescu no. 2 www.hotelsavoytimisoara.ro

Pensiunea Park (4*)

Timisoara, Str. Remus no. 17 www.pensiuneapark.ro

Casa del Sole (4*)

Timisoara, Strada Romulus no. 12 www.casadelsole.ro

Hotel Perla corp A (4*)

Timisoara, Str. Protopop George Dragomir no. 9 www.hotelperla.ro

Hotel Perla D'Oro (3*)

Timisoara, str. Evlia Celebi nr 14 www.hotelperla.ro

Hotel Ibis (3*)

Timișoara, Str. Coriolan Brediceanu no. 18

Hotel Silva

Timisoara, Str. Victor Babes no. 25 www.hotel-silva.ro

Casa Politehnicii 2 (UPT guesthouse)

Timisoara, Bd. Mihai Eminescu nr.11 www.upt.ro

*Please note that the reservation is made via email: casapoli2@yahoo.com


More options are available on www.booking.com or www.trivago.com.


Participants are responsible for bookings and commitments made with the hotels. The organizers take no responsibility for any commitments participants made with the hotels.

Theresia Bastion


Conference participants, accompanying persons or company representatives must register to the conference. For the paper to be included in the proceedings, at least one of the authors must register and make the payment for the conference until 28 February 2022. The other authors do not have a deadline to register. Each registered participant can present maximum two papers.

Please register here: https://indico.upt.ro/event/1/registrations/1/

Registration fees

  Early bird, before 28 February Regular, after 28 February, but before conference start
Standard 500 EUR 550 EUR
Student * 350 EUR 390 EUR
Accompanying person 150 EUR 170 EUR
Online (without paper) 150 EUR 170 EUR

* If you register as a student, please upload a proof of your student status during registration. This proof can be a student card including the academic year or a registration certificate. You are eligible for the student fee if you are a bachelor, master or PhD student in the academic year 2021-2022.

Standard and student registration fees include:

  • Access to conference sessions
  • Conference proceedings and bag
  • Welcome reception
  • Banquet dinner
  • Coffee breaks and light lunches

Accompanying person registration fee includes:

  • Welcome reception
  • Banquet dinner
  • Guided sightseeing and light lunches

Online payment using credit/debit card

Visa/Mastercard credit and debit cards are accepted. Fill out the Registrant's name, select the amount from the dropdown list below and click Payment. Please wait for the bank's form to be displayed, fill out the fields and proceed with the payment.


Registrant Name:


Payment using bank wire transfer

Payment shall be made by bank transfer to the following account:


Beneficiary address: Piata Victoriei 2, Timisoara 300006, Romania

Account number / IBAN: RO24 BACX 0000 0030 1782 5085

Bank: UniCredit Bank

Bank branch address: Piata Consiliul Europei, Nr 2E, Cladirea U3 "United Business Center 3", Timisoara, Romania


VAT NUMBER: RO23690201


Please specify the following information in transfer details: STESSA 2022 / Registrant name

All additional costs arising from bank charges shall be borne by attendees (please use "OUR" option when initiating the bank transfer).

Conference programme

Programme overview


Registration (Lobby)


Opening (Auditorium)


Keynote lectures (Auditorium)


Coffee break (Lobby)


Performance of structural systems 1 (Auditorium)

Self-centring and low-damage systems 1 (K1)

Behaviour of structural members 1 (K2)


Lunch (Lobby)


Performance of structural systems 2 (Auditorium)

Assessment and retrofitting 1 (K1)

Codes and standards 1 (K2)


Coffee break (Lobby)


Keynote lectures (Auditorium)


Energy dissipation systems 1 (Auditorium)

Self-centring and low-damage systems 2 (K1)

Mixed and composite structures 1 (K2)


Welcome reception


In memoriam Victor Gioncu (Auditorium)


Keynote lectures (Auditorium)


Coffee break (Lobby)


Energy dissipation systems 2 (Auditorium)

Self-centring and low-damage systems 3 (K1)

Behaviour of connections 1 (K2)


Lunch (Lobby)


Codes and standards 2 (Auditorium)

Assessment and retrofitting 2 (K1)

Behaviour of structural members 2 (K2)


Coffee break (Lobby)


Keynote lectures (Auditorium)


Performance of structural systems 3 (Auditorium)

Behaviour of connections 2 (K1)

Mixed and composite structures 2 (K2)


Banquet dinner


Keynote lectures (Auditorium)


Performance of structural systems 4 (Auditorium)

Behaviour of connections 3 (K1)

Behaviour of structural members 3 (K2)


Coffee break (Lobby)


Performance of structural systems 5 (Auditorium)

Assessment and retrofitting 3 (K1)

Light-gauge systems (K2)


Closing (Auditorium)


Farewell drink (Lobby)


Timisoara virtual tour (for online participants)


Optional tour with wine tasting in West Romania

Detailed programme

To view the detailed conference program, please [Login] to the Indico system first. If you are joining the conference remotely, you may find it convenient displaying the programme in your local time zone from the upper-right corner of the web page.

Online attendance

Online attendance will take place using Zoom. Make sure you have downloaded and installed the Zoom Client for Meetings. Access links for the sessions will be provided in the detailed programme. Please make sure that you have a good internet connection. We recommend using the Speaker view in Zoom. A live Q&A Session will follow each talk, moderated by the Session Convener. Questions may be asked directly, or written during the presentation in the Chat.

Information for presenters

Please prepare your presentation in PowerPoint, and make sure you embed the fonts if using non-standard ones. If you would like to use any other file format, please let us know beforehand. There is no imposed template. The time scheduled for a presentation is 12 minutes, with 3 more minutes for introduction and discussions. Please upload your presentation to the My Conference>My papers>Paper>Editing section of the Indico system before 25 May 2022. You have to be logged in to perform this operation.

To facilitate discussions, online presentations will be delivered directly over Zoom. You do not have to pre-record your presentation. Keep your microphone muted when not taking the floor. To keep the audience engaged, we recommend having the video on.

If it is impossible for you presenting live, you may pre-record your presentation and upload it to Indico or send it to us by any other means. Please also inform us beforehand on this.


Optional tour with wine tasting in West Romania – 70 EUR/pers

Saturday 28.05.2022

Discover the beautiful and unique region of West Romania (Banat & Transylvania) with a Historian by your side.

08:00 - the minibus leaves from the Conference Venue.
09:00 - Arad walking tour.
11:20 - Wine tasting Event and Lunch.
15:00 - Stop to the Franciscan Convent from Radna on the way back to Timisoara.
15:30 - the minibus is back to the Conference Venue.

This trip is about local taste, experience cuisine, culture and tradition. Simply, an opportunity to relax and enjoy with a good company. See you in the vineyard!

*The Tour will take place if at least 8 persons register.

**The Registration should be done no later than 24th of May 2022, by updating your registration here or by sending an email to stessa2021@upt.ro

Guided sightseeing for accompanying persons

Thursday 26.05.2022

2.5 Hours Tour with a Historian by your side.

10:00 - Meeting Point Conference Venue

You will be visiting the main 3 squares in the very centre of the old city: Victory Square, Liberty Square and Unity Square. The main attractions are the Orthodox Cathedral, The Hunyadi’s Castle, Opera House, The Catholic Church, The Serbian Church and Palace, The Baroque Palace, the Synagogue and all the important historic buildings along the route.

**The Registration should be done no later than 24th of May 2022, by updating your registration here or by sending an email to stessa2021@upt.ro

Virtual Timisoara tour

Friday 27.05.2022

1 Hour Online Tour for online Conference Participants.
13:00 - Presentation held by Claudiu Preda, Historian.

Timisoara is today a multicultural pot where you can find so many nationalities living together. Its history speaks about revolutions, wars, and progress, industrial and cultural premieres, first public services, and bright ideas. Timisoara’s architecture resembles the old Austrian Kaiser Era, Hungarian Art Nouveau and so many other western and oriental influences. Join the virtual tour by accessing the Zoom link in the detailed programme



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Central Administration Building of the Politehnica University of Timisoara