Abstract

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.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Bridge Damage; Column Shear; Field Observations; Shear Key; Sichuan Province; Temporary Construction; Transverse Offset; Earthquakes

Geographic Coverage

China

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

3611981

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Final Version

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2010 National Research Council (U.S.), All rights reserved.

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