A strong earthquake of M7.9 occurred in Wenchuan County in Sichuan Province, China, on May 12, 2008. This paper presents the field observations on various types of bridge damages, including unseating of girders, longitudinal and transverse offset of decks, pounding at expansion joints, shear key failure, bearing displacement, column shear, and flexible cracks. Plausible causes of damages and collapses are discussed and the lessons learned from this event are briefly summarized. Some of the postearthquake temporary constructions are also reported.
W. P. Yen et al., "Bridge Lessons Learned from the Wenchuan China, Earthquake," Transportation Research Record, no. 2202, pp. 102-108, National Research Council (U.S.), Jan 2010.
The definitive version is available at http://dx.doi.org/10.3141/2202-13
Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering
Keywords and Phrases
Bridge Damage; Column Shear; Field Observations; Shear Key; Sichuan Province; Temporary Construction; Transverse Offset; Earthquakes
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