Post-Earthquake Functionality Assessment of Urban Road Network Considering Emergency Response

Kezhi Liu, Changhai Zhai, You Dong, Xianghai Meng

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As one of the most important urban infrastructure systems, the road network plays a vital role in post-earthquake emergency response. Quantitative evaluation of the emergency response functionality of road network under earthquakes can provide decision support for emergency planning and future construction. In this paper, a novel network performance metric is proposed to consider both the special traffic demand in emergency response and the supply capability of road network. On this basis, an integrated probabilistic assessment framework for post-earthquake network emergency response functionality is presented, considering various uncertainties. In the framework, a penalty-based approach is proposed to consider the impact of partially degraded links on network functionality. At last, the proposed methodology is illustrated on the road network of Tangshan city, China, under different seismic scenarios.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Earthquake Engineering
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2022


  • accessibility
  • decision making
  • earthquake engineering
  • emergency response
  • network functionality
  • Road network

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology


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