Infrastructure sustainability : vulnerability of axially loaded columns subjected to transverse impact loads

Thilakarathna, Herath, Thambiratnam, David, Dhanasekar, Manicka, & Perera, Nimal (2010) Infrastructure sustainability : vulnerability of axially loaded columns subjected to transverse impact loads. In Rethinking sustainable development : urban management, engineering, and design. IGI Global, Hershey, Pennsylvania, pp. 202-211.

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Increased industrialisation has brought to the forefront the susceptibility of concrete columns in both buildings and bridges to vehicle impacts. Accurate vulnerability assessments are crucial in the design process due to possible catastrophic nature of the failures that can cause. This chapter reports on research undertaken to investigate the impact capacity of the columns of low to medium raised building designed according to the Australian standards. Numerical simulation techniques were used in the process and validation was done by using experimental results published in the literature. The investigation thus far has confirmed that vulnerability of typical columns in five story buildings located in urban areas to medium velocity car impacts and hence these columns need to be re-designed or retrofitted. In addition, accuracy of the simplified method presented in EN 1991-1-7 to quantify the impact damage was scrutinised. A simplified concept to assess the damage due to all collisions modes was introduced. The research information will be extended to generate a common data base to assess the vulnerability of columns in urban areas against new generation of vehicles.

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ID Code: 38866
Item Type: Book Chapter
Keywords: Dynamic Analysis, Numerical Simulations, Literal Impact, Structural Columns
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-61692-022-7.ch015
ISBN: 9781616920227
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > ENGINEERING (090000) > CIVIL ENGINEERING (090500) > Structural Engineering (090506)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Past > Schools > School of Urban Development
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2010 IGI Global.
Deposited On: 25 Nov 2010 23:59
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 14:22

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