JDR Vol.4 No.6 pp. 419-426
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2009.p0419


Wave Impact Study on a Residential Building

John W. van de Lindt*, Rakesh Gupta**, Daniel T. Cox***, and Jebediah S. Wilson**

*Civil Engineering Department, Colorado State University Fort Collins, Colorado 80523-1372, USA

**Department of Wood Science and Engineering, Oregon State University 114 Richardson Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA

***School of Civil and Construction Engineering, Oregon State University 220 Owen Hall, Corvallis, OR 97331, USA

July 29, 2009
November 4, 2009
December 1, 2009
tsunami, hurricane, wave, bore, residential building, light-frame wood
Recent natural disasters around the world including both tsunamis and hurricanes, have highlighted the inability of wood buildings to withstand wave and surge loading during these extreme events. Little is known about the interaction between coastal residential light-frame wood buildings and wave and surge loading because often little is left of the buildings. This leaves minimal opportunity for forensic investigations. This paper summarizes the results of a study whose objective was to begin to better understand the interaction between North American style residential structures and wave loading. To do this, one-sixth scale residential building models typical of North American coastal construction, were subjected to tsunami wave bores generated from waves of heights varying from 10 cm to 60 cm. The lateral force produced by the wave bores were, as expected, found to vary nonlinearly with parent wave height.
Cite this article as:
J. van Lindt, R. Gupta, D. Cox, and J. Wilson, “Wave Impact Study on a Residential Building,” J. Disaster Res., Vol.4 No.6, pp. 419-426, 2009.
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