The Buddha image at Wat Po, Bangkok has begun to exhibit some cracking within the past 4 or 5 years. Because the primary consolidation should have been completed about 100 years ago, it was believed that the distress was caused by vibrations induced by heavy traffic on nearby streets. Measurements of the vibrations at various locations showed that the vibrations currently produced by the traffic were not of sufficient magnitude to cause structural damage. However, it is shown that the vibrations in the past could have been much greater than at present because of the poor condition of the roadway until recently. It is concluded that the structural damage was caused by either (1) Deterioration of the ancient foundation structure, (2) Settlements caused by a weakening of the soil structure due to the traffic induced vibrations, or both. /AUTHOR/

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    Southeast Asian Society of Soil Engineering

    P.O. Box 2754
    Bangkok,   Thailand 

    Southeast Asian Society of Civil Engineering

    P.O. Box 2754
    Bangkok,   Thailand 
  • Authors:
    • NELSON, J D
    • Viranuvut, S
  • Publication Date: 1973-6


  • English

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 15-30
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00263991
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Transport and Road Research Laboratory (TRRL)
  • Files: ITRD, TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 9 1975 12:00AM