A/Prof. Karu Karunasena B) Dr Weena Lokuge Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org University of Southern Queensland
Frequency of flood events in Australia, during the past decade appears to have increased. Resilience of critical infrastructure such as roads and bridges is vital in evacuation support activities for disaster response and recovery. Recent 2013 flood event in Lockyer Valley region shows that different elements of the bridges are damaged due to excessive flood loadings. Resilience of road infrastructure plays an important role in building the capacity of physical and human systems to respond and recover from extreme events. It is important to take pre-disaster mitigation measures that enhance the performance of road infrastructure so that losses from a disaster can be minimised.
This project will a) assess the effect of element failure of bridges on the overall performance of them and identify critical elements that needs to be retrofitted; b) evaluate the different strengthening techniques available to strengthen these critical elements (using finite element analysis) and c) recommend retrofitting techniques to improve its functionality.
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