Building and bridge pounding damage observed in 2011 Christchurch earthquake (2011)
Type of ContentJournal Articles
PublisherUniversity of Canterbury. Civil and Natural Resources Engineering
AuthorsCole, G., Chouw, N., Dhakal, R.show all
This paper describes pounding damage sustained by buildings and bridges in the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Approximately 6% of buildings in Christchurch CBD were observed to have suffered some form of serious pounding damage. Almost all of this pounding damage occurred in masonry buildings, further highlighting their vulnerability to this phenomenon. Modern buildings were found to be vulnerable to pounding damage where overly stiff and strong ‘flashing’ components were installed in existing building separations. Soil variability is identified as a key aspect that amplifies the relative movement of buildings, and hence increases the likelihood of pounding damage. Pounding damage in bridges was found to be relatively minor and infrequent in the Christchurch earthquake.
CitationCole, G., Chouw, N., Dhakal, R.P. (2011) Building and bridge pounding damage observed in 2011 Christchurch earthquake. Bulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering, 44(4), pp. 334-341.
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ANZSRC Fields of Research09 - Engineering::0905 - Civil Engineering::090504 - Earthquake Engineering
09 - Engineering::0905 - Civil Engineering::090502 - Construction Engineering