Seismic Improvement of Adobe-Mudbrick Walls-Comparison between Internal and External Vertical Reinforcement

Publisher:
Australian Earthquake Engineering Society
Publication Type:
Conference
Citation:
Dowling Dominic, Samali Bijan, and Li Jianchun 2005, 'Seismic Improvement of Adobe-Mudbrick Walls-Comparison between Internal and External Vertical Reinforcement', Australian Earthquake Engineering Society, Victoria, Australia, pp. 38-1-38-7.
Issue Date:
2005
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One of the vital tasks for engineers is to minimise life loss, injury and property damage under extreme dynamic loading. Devastating earthquakes in Asia, The Middle East, Africa and Latin America have served as recent reminders of the vulnerability of nonengineered, low-cost dwellings to seismic forces. The loss of life and livelihood is often drastic, with millions of people in the poorest communities most severely affected. Adobe (mudbrick) housing is particularly vulnerable because of its inherently brittle nature, wide-spread use, generally poor construction quality and the limited awareness of concepts of aseismic design and construction. Despite this limitation, there is little doubt that adobe will continue to be the choice construction material for the majority of the rural poor who simply cannot afford any alternative.
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