Diego Lopez Garcia
Ph. D. Candidate
Department of Civil, Structural, and Environmental Engineering
University at Buffalo, State University of New York

Tri-Center Field Mission 2002: Taiwan


Some examples of civil engineering structures that were damaged or destroyed by the 1999 Chi-Chi earthquake and have been repaired or rebuilt are presented, as well as examples of structures not affected by the earthquake but retrofitted for damage mitigation during future seismic events. These examples provide some insight into the effects of the Chi-Chi earthquake on current construction practice in Taiwan. For instance, non-engineered retrofit measures are often implemented in typical residential buildings, while more rational procedures are followed for public buildings such as schools. In the case of bridge structures, it was found that simply-supported spans are no longer used and have been replaced by continuous girders connected to the substructure through elastomeric bearings. All the examples have been observed and evaluated during a recent visit (Field Mission) to Taiwan made by the author and other graduate students from U.S. universities. The Field Mission was supported by the three U.S. Earthquake Engineering Research Centers (MAE, MCEER and PEER) and was coordinated by Taiwan's National Center for Research in Earthquake Engineering (NCREE).


Friday, March 7th, 2003


3:00 PM EST

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