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Assessment and mitigation of liquefaction potential across Europe: a holistic approach to protect structures / infrastructures for improved resilience to earthquake-induced liquefaction disasters

Assessment and mitigation of liquefaction potential across Europe: a holistic approach to protect structures / infrastructures for improved resilience to earthquake-induced liquefaction disasters

Objective

Over the past decade, earthquakes proved to be the deadliest of all European disasters, with almost 19,000 fatalities and direct economic losses of approx. €29 billion. Earthquake Induced Liquefaction Disasters (EILDs) is responsible for tremendous amounts of the structural damages and fatalities; with experiences from recent events giving example of where approx. half of the economic loss was directly caused by liquefaction. Liquefaction is a phenomenon, with previously a low profile until recent earthquake events, in which the stiffness and strength of soil is reduced by seismic activity. With the causes of Liquefaction being known, it is important to recognize the factors that contribute to its occurrence; as well as the resulting hazards. The theory on how to address the subject has been comprehensive, as well as the engineering to reduce its consequences of liquefaction already developed; however, recent findings and advances need to be accurately examined in order to implement mitigation strategies practically. A systematic approach is needed for assessing the possibility of liquefaction on a site, prior to construction, then implementing the most appropriate liquefaction mitigation techniques. However, the variability of circumstances, invariably translates to multiple approaches of implementation, based on the susceptibility of the location to liquefaction, as well as the type and size of structure. The LIQUEFACT project addresses the mitigation of risks to EILD events in European communities with a holistic approach. The project not only deals with the resistance of structures to EILD events, but also, the resilience of the collective urban community in relation to their quick recovery from an occurrence. The LIQUEFACT project sets out to achieve a more comprehensive understanding of EILDs, the applications of the mitigation techniques, and the development of more appropriate techniques tailored to each specific scenario, for both Europe and global.
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Coordinator

ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

Address

Bishop Hall Lane
Cm1 1sq Chelmsford

United Kingdom

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 647 347,50

Participants (11)

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UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PAVIA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 445 000

UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO

Portugal

EU Contribution

€ 531 925

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI NAPOLI FEDERICO II

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 615 000

TREVI SOCIETA PER AZIONI

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 492 621,25

STIFTELSEN NORSAR

Norway

EU Contribution

€ 607 753,75

UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 311 275

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI CASSINO E DEL LAZIO MERIDIONALE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 381 250

SLP SPECIALIZIRANO PODJETJE ZA TEMELJENJE OBJEKTOV, DOO, LJUBLJANA

Slovenia

EU Contribution

€ 216 900

ISTITUTO SPERIMENTALE MODELLI GEOTECNICI SOCIETA A RESPONSABILITA LIMITATA

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 368 750

ISTANBUL UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 270 289,42

ISTANBUL UNIVERSITESI - CERRAHPASA

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 55 960,58

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 700748

Status

Ongoing project

  • Start date

    1 May 2016

  • End date

    31 October 2019

Funded under:

H2020-EU.3.7.

  • Overall budget:

    € 4 944 072,50

  • EU contribution

    € 4 944 072,50

Coordinated by:

ANGLIA RUSKIN UNIVERSITY HIGHER EDUCATION CORPORATION

United Kingdom