Performance of reinforced concrete buildings in the 2016 Kumamoto earthquakes and seismic design in Japan

Mehdi Sarrafzadeh, Ken J. Elwood, Rajesh P. Dhakal, Helen Ferner, Didier Pettinga, Mike Stannard, Masaki Maeda, Yoshiaki Nakano, Tomihisa Mukai, Takuya Koike

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Abstract

This report outlines the observations of an NZSEE team of practitioners and researchers who travelled to the Kumamoto Prefecture of Japan on a reconnaissance visit following the April 2016 earthquakes. The observations presented in this report are focussed on the performance of reinforced concrete (RC) buildings throughout Kumamoto Prefecture. It was found overall that modern RC buildings performed well, with patterns of damage which highlighted a philosophy of designing suffer buildings with less of an emphasis on ductile behaviour. To explore this important difference in design practice, the Japanese Building Standard Law (BSL) is summarised and compared with standard New Zealand seismic design practices and evaluation methods.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)394-405
Number of pages12
JournalBulletin of the New Zealand Society for Earthquake Engineering
Volume50
Issue number3
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2017 Sep

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology

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