UC Quake Centre Research Register

The Quake Centre research portfolio content is driven by the identified research needs of our industry partners. The portfolio will grow and change over time to reflect the highest priority needs of the Quake Centre partner base


The Research Register is a summary of relevant research topics identified to date and at any given time contains projects that are underway, as well as others that are still being scoped or assessed for potential benefit. A wide range of interesting and important projects are in different stages of development and completion. 

Completed projects
 To find out more, please check our each of our current live projects below.
 

 

PROJECT PROGRESS

Seismic Loss Assessment of Non-Structural Components and Contents


The focus of this project is to better understand the performance of nonstructural components and contents, as well as quantify the extent of nonstructural damage expected after an earthquake. ...[read more]

 

 

 

Latest update: 24/09/15

 

Out-of-Plane Instability in Rectangular RC Structural Wall Subject to In-Plane Loading

 

Out-of-plane instability has been observed in several modern buildings in the 2010 Chile and 2011 Christchurch earthquakes causing concerns over the existing design provisions of walls. This project considers the parameters controlling this mode of failure, resulting in design provisions that can prevent out-of-plane deformations of rectangular walls. ...[read more]

 

 

Latest update: 24/09/15

 

Ductile Detailing of Walls


DuctileThe series of earthquakes hitting the Canterbury region between 2010 and 2011 resulted in unexpected failure of several reinforced concrete (RC) walls. Following the earthquakes, SESOC and CERC recommended several changes to the New Zealand Concrete Structures Standard NZS 3101:2006. The outcome of this project will include improved wall provisions proposed as amendments to NZS3101:2006 to be used by engineers in New Zealand. ...[read more] 

 

 

Latest update: 24/09/15

 

Bi-Directional Effects on Rectangular Doubly Reinforced Concrete Shear Wall Response

 

Bi-Directional EffectsThe recent earthquakes in Chile and New Zealand led to a significant number of wall failures (Kam et al., 2011). The purpose of this project is to identify some key parameters influencing seismic performance under bi-directional loading. ...[read more] 

 

 

 

Latest update: 24/09/15

 

Lightly Reinforced Concrete Walls


The potential issues with lightly reinforced panels, combined with examples of poor detailing and panel fixings, lead to concerns around the seismic response of precast concrete wall buildings. In addition, the potential non-ductile response of older lightly reinforced concrete walls was a factor to the collapse of the PGC building. This project will look to determine reinforcement limits. ...[read more] 

 

 

Latest update: 24/09/15

 

Characteristics of New Zealand Dams

 

NZ Dam
This project involves research to reduce geotechnical uncertainty and understand the cumulative impact of seismic events on earth dam performance. ...[read more] 

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Latest update: 24/09/15

 

Seismic Isolation Guidelines

 

The current New Zealand Building code does not provide adequate guidance for the design of isolated structures and yet the is a high demand for guidance. The objective of this project is to produce a guideline for use by engineering practitioners which is likely to be cited by NZ Building Code in the future. ...[read more]

 

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Latest update: 24/09/15 

 

Seismic Evaluation and Design of Suspended Ceilings and Low-Damage Drywall Partitions

 

CelingPerformance of Non-Structural Elements (NSEs) in the Christchurch earthquakes raises concerns around repair and replacement costs, as well as financial loss due to downtime. This project uses experimentation to increase the understanding of the behaviour of the systems, their capacity, demands and interactions with other NSEs and structure....[read more]

 

Latest update: 24/09/15 

 

Seismic Resilience of 3 Waters Network

 

The aim of the Seismic Resilience of 3 Waters Network project is to integrate seismic resilience measures into business-as-usual asset management practices of 3 Waters service delivery. The final outcome of the project will be tools to allow the seismic risk to 3 Waters infrastructure to be realistically priced for the purposes of long-term plans, capital investment, maintenance decisions and insurance. ...[read more]

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Latest update: 24/09/15 

 

Master in Engineering Practice 

 

As part of its mission to upskill professional engineers, the Quake Centre is working on a proposal for a University of Canterbury (UC) and University of Auckland (UoA) jointly delivered and conferred postgraduate degree in Engineering Practice. The aim is to create a recognised pathway for engineers to develop the technical and professional skills and knowledge needed to underpin their competence in the practice of engineering. ...[read more]

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Latest update: 24/09/15

 

Retro-Fit of Reinforced Concrete Buildings


Following the February 2011 Christchurch earthquake, amendments were made to the Building Act 2004, which resulted in a sudden demand on the assessment and retrofit of existing RC structures. In this project, the existing method for evaluation of strength hierarchy for beam column joints used in the past experimental work at University of Canterbury is adapted and improved for use in multi-storey buildings, with a number of benefits. ...[more info coming soon] 

 

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Latest update: 24/09/15

 

Seismic Pressures on Retaining Walls


The three main objectives of the project were successfully completed. These were the confirmation that simple pseudo-static analyses can provide moderately conservative estimates of seismic earth forces acting on retaining walls based on optimized seismic coefficients for three geographical zones in New Zealand, identification of ranges of wall displacements applicable to pseudo-static solutions.

and the determination and recommendation of the location of seismic active soil thrusts acting on retaining walls. ...[read more]

 

 

 

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Latest update: 24/09/15

 

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