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Seismic Performance of Port Facilities: Full-Scale Testing at the Port of Long Beach


This project was designed togather information on how to best retrofit terminals and to validate new seismic design criteria. This was done by subjecting a 50-year-old former Navy pier in the Port of Long Beach to a battery of seismic tests. Because the pier was scheduled to be demolished, scientists were allowed to conduct seismic tests at an intensity that, under normal circumstances, would be infeasible. The National Sea Grant College Program funded the project with a broader goal of helping to revitalize the nation’s port infrastructure.

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