Main problem: fundamentally flawed structural designs

October 30, 2011 by  
Filed under EERI Team Field Blog, Structural

It is clear that the heavy damage is due to structural deficiencies. It is not a matter of poor material quality, which is practically everywhere except, perhaps, in buildings built in the last 2-3 years some of which were also damaged. The area has seen a boom in building construction in the last decade,...

Damage in the partitions of a 7-story reinforced concrete building in the city of Van

October 27, 2011 by  
Filed under EERI Team Field Blog, General Information, Structural

  7-story RC frame with a elevated lower story Typically hollow clay tiles are used as partition walls. Double layer partition wall for insulation purposes There are no mechanical connections between the partition walls and walls to the structural frame. A limited survey show no structural damage...