Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Seismic loss assessment and mitigation of critical urban infrastructure systems
by Kim, Young Suk, Ph.D., University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2007, 157; 3301267
Abstract (Summary)

Transportation and utility networks (e.g., water delivery, power, and oil systems) are essential in the support of all economic and social activity of an industrialized region. The functional loss of this critical urban infrastructure due to internal or external perturbations, such as earthquakes, can severely impact commercial and industrial activities on regional, national, and international scales, and on rapid and effective emergency response and repair operations following the event. Therefore, understanding the influence of hazards on these infrastructure systems and allocation of limited resources for seismic retrofitting components of infrastructure systems are critical to mitigate damage and to perform effective response and recovery efforts.

This study develops an approach for estimating seismic performance of complex critical urban infrastructures and optimizing seismic retrofit of infrastructure systems based on system-level performance under the constraint of finite resources. First, postearthquake system performance of interdependent or independent infrastructure systems is assessed based on a state-of-the-art network analysis model. Subsequently, a novel optimization algorithm is developed to determine the best retrofit strategy to maximize system performance with a limited budget. The developed methodology is applied to substantial infrastructure systems for seismic loss estimation and mitigation study. The resulting output of the methodology can provide useful insight to assist in prioritizing components of infrastructure systems for seismic retrofit to enhance their postearthquake functionality.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Spencer, B. F., Jr.
School: University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
School Location: United States -- Illinois
Source: DAI-B 69/02, Dissertation Abstracts International
Subjects: Civil engineering
Keywords: Infrastructure, Seismic loss assessment, Seismic retrofitting
Publication Number: 3301267
ISBN: 9780549463467