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Building damage in Dujiangyan during Wenchuan Earthquake

Zhang Minzheng and Jin Yingjie

Institute of Engineering Mechanics, China Earthquake Administration, Harbin 150080, China

Abstract: A field damage survey of 1,005 buildings damaged by the Wenchuan Earthquake in Dujiangyan City was carried out and the resulting data was analyzed using the statistical method. It is shown that buildings that were seismically designed achieved the desired seismic fortification target; they sustained less damage than the non-seismically designed buildings. Among the seismically designed buildings investigated, RC frame buildings performed the best in terms of seismic resistance. Masonry buildings with a ground story of RC frame structure were the second best, and masonry buildings performed the worst. Considering building height, multistory buildings sustained more severe damage than high-rise buildings and 2- and 3-story buildings. Compared to residential buildings, public buildings, such as schools and hospitals, suffered more severe damage.

Keywords: Wenchuan Earthquake; Dujiangyan; building damage; seismic intensity; field survey

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