Earthquake hazard has only been recognised in the design of Australian buildings since 1995. This failure has resulted in the presence of many buildings that represent a high risk to property, life and economic activity. These buildings also contribute to most of the post-disaster emergency management logistics and community recovery needs following major earthquakes. This vulnerability was in evidence in the Newcastle Earthquake of 1989, the Kalgoorlie Earthquake of 2010 and with similar building types in the Christchurch earthquake. With an overall building replacement rate of two percent nationally the legacy of vulnerable building persists in all cities and predominates in most business districts of lower growth regional centres.
The main aim of this research project is to develop new cost-effective Australia-specific retrofit techniques for reinforced concrete (RC) buildings. To this end, experimental (subject to industry support) and analytical studies will be undertaken to investigate the behaviour of buildings with non-ductile RC frames and walls under simulated earthquake loading. These studies will assess the suitability and performance of a number of different retrofitting techniques (e.g., fibre reinforced (FRP) concrete wrapping, prestressing with steel tendons, confinement through shape modification of square and rectangular columns) and will provide a benefit versus cost analysis for each key retrofit options.
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Postgraduate Scholarships Application Process
Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC postgraduate scholarships are available for students pursuing research higher degrees in the bushfire research fields, in line with Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC projects.
Both Full and Top Up scholarships and project support funding are available for outstanding students, with preference given to the provision of top up scholarships.
Current funding amounts are:
- Full Scholarships of up to $28,000 per annum for three and a half years.
- Top Up scholarships of $10,000 per annum for three and a half years to holders of Australian Postgraduate Awards (APA) and University Research Scholarships.
Bushfire & Natural Hazard CRC Scholarship Application Kit
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