Lifeline Earthquake Engineering: The Current State of Knowledge, 1981

by D. J. Smith, Jr.,

American Society of Civil Engineers, New York, NY
978-0-87262-274-6 (ISBN-13) | 0-87262-274-6 (ISBN-10), 1981, Soft Cover, Pg. 359
13.4 x 21.6 cm
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Conference information: A Conference | Oakland, California, United States | August 20-21, 1981

Out of Print: Not available at ASCE Bookstore.

Document Type: Book - Proceedings


An examination of recent strong earthquakes suggests that earthquake engineering should be strengthened and institutionalized in the lifeline field, specifically public utilities. The four urban lifelines are: energy (electricity, gas, liquid fuel), water (potable, flood, sewage and solid waste), transportation (highway, railway, airport and Engineering, and communication (telephone and telegraph, radio and television, and mail and press). Twenty-four of the papers presented at the 1981 second specialty conference on lifeline earthquake engineering are included. The following topics are explored: existing methods of practice, public policy issues relative to the seismic safety of lifelines, new methodologies for seismic risk analysis of lifeline networks, seismic response of buried and above ground pipelines, lifeline effects of post-earthquake fire risk, and a review of both lifeline performance during past earthquakes and the application of network reliability theories. The conference was sponsored by the ASCE Technical Council on Lifeline Earthquake Engineering, the Earthquake Engineering Research institute, the American public works association, the california Seismic Safety Commission, and the Water Pollution Control Federation. Extensive charts, equations and illustrations are included.

Subject Headings: Lifeline systems | Earthquakes | Earthquake engineering | Seismic tests | Seismic effects | Railroad engineering | Electric power | Hydro power


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