Title

Lessons in Bridge Damage Learned from the Wenchuan Earthquake

Abstract

A strong earthquake occurred in Wenchuan County, Sichuan Province, China, on May 12, 2008. Shortly after the earthquake, the Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center of the Federal Highway Administration, in partnership with the Research Institute of Highways, the Ministry of Communication of China, led a reconnaissance team to conduct a post-earthquake bridge performance investigation of the transportation system in the earthquake affected areas. The U.S. transportation system reconnaissance team visited the area during July 20-24, 2008. This paper presents the findings and lessons learned by the team.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Bridge Engineering; Earthquake Engineering; Post Earthquake Investigation; Affected Area; Bridge Damage; Bridge Performance; Federal Highway Administration; Highway Research; Lessons Learned; Research Institutes; Sichuan Province; Transportation System; Wenchuan Earthquake; Civil Engineering; Engineering Geology; Highway Administration; Railroad Bridges

Geographic Coverage

China

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

16713664

Document Type

Article - Journal

Document Version

Citation

File Type

text

Language(s)

English

Rights

© 2009 Science Press, All rights reserved.

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