Performance of New Chimney Design Structures in the 2010 Chilean Earthquake

CICIND Niagara-on-the- Lake / October 2010 – John Wilson, Professor of Civil Engineering at Swinburne University of Technology in Melbourne


The performance of 4 New Chimney Design stacks, which were subject to significant ground shaking during the 27 February 2010 Mw 8.8 Chilean earthquake event, is described in this paper. The chimneys were all recently constructed using the New Chimney Design; the reinforced concrete chimney is designed for ductility in accordance with the CICIND code and the internal surface is directly lined with the PennguardTM Block Lining System. An internal flue is not needed anymore. Such chimneys are expected to perform well under seismic loading due to their ductile behaviour and lightweight lining.

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