On the seismic response of the faculty of architecture and engineering building at Tohoku University

Ying Wang, Enrique Villalobos, Santiago Pujol, Hamood Al-Washali, Kazuki Suzuki, Masaki Maeda, Susumu Takahashi, Toshikatsu Ichinose

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Abstract

The Faculty of Architecture and Engineering Building at Tohoku University survived two strong ground motions. This is not surprising because the structure was stiff and strong. What is surprising is that the first ground motion did not cause severe structural damage but the second one caused so much structural damage that the building had to be evacuated and demolished. The damage occurred despite two key facts: (1) the intensities of the mentioned ground motions are understood to have been similar and (2) the building was strengthened after the first motion (and before the second) following stringent standards.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)523-545
Number of pages23
JournalEarthquake Spectra
Volume32
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2016 Feb

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Geophysics

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