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EEFIT mission to the Sichuan earthquake

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  • UserDr Professor Xianfeng Ma, Assistant Professor, Tongji University, China, current visitor at CUED
  • ClockFriday 24 October 2008, 16:30-17:30
  • HouseEngineering Department - LR6.

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On May 12th 2008, a strong earthquake, scaled at 7.9, hit Sichuan province in the southwest part of China causing over 60,000 fatalities (another 18,000 are still missing) and causing devastating damage to all aspects of civil engineering in the area. Not long after the earthquake, Dr. Xianfeng Ma, currently visiting the Schofield Centre, CUED , joined the EEFIT (Earthquake Engineering Field Investigation Team) of the Institution of Structural Engineers to see the epicentral area of the earthquake and to investigate the damage caused by the earthquake. With the support of Southwest Jiaotong University in Chengdu, the nine people team were able to access some of the worst affected areas, spending six days in the field.

This seminar will show some of the results of this mission, focusing on the damage to lifeline and geotechnical engineering during the earthquake. The damage to lifeline, roads, dams, bridges, tunnels, water systems and some power transmission structures will be highlighted, whilst landslide and slope failures, retaining structure failures, behaviour of embankments etc will be summarized. Features of the damage and some mechanism, assumed to be associated with the damage, will be discussed.

This talk is part of the Engineering Department Geotechnical Research Seminars series.

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