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Tsunami wave loading on coastal houses: A model approach

Thusyanthan, NI and Madabhushi, SPG (2008) Tsunami wave loading on coastal houses: A model approach. Proceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers: Civil Engineering, 161. pp. 77-86. ISSN 0965-089X

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The Asian tsunami of 26 December 2004 killed over 220 000 people and devastated coastal structures, including many thousands of traditional brick-built homes. This paper presents the results of model tests that compare the impact of a tsunami wave on a typical coastal house with that on a new tsunami resistant design developed in the USA and now built in Sri Lanka Digital images recorded during the test reveal how the tsunami wave passed through the new house design without damaging it but severely damaged the typical coastal house. Pressure sensor results also provided further insight into tsunami wave loading, indicating that the established Japanese method significantly underestimates maximum impact load.

Item Type: Article
Divisions: Div D > Geotechnical and Environmental
Depositing User: Cron Job
Date Deposited: 17 Jul 2017 19:24
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 00:53
DOI: 10.1680/cien.2008.161.2.77