Nonlinear Earthquake Response Modeling of a Large-Scale Two-Span Concrete Bridge

A quarter scale model of a two-span RC bridge was tested using the Network for Earthquake Engineering Simulation (NEES) multiple shake table system at the University of Nevada, Reno, Nevada. The project was funded through a National Science Foundation-NEES demonstration grant. The bridge system was tested from a preyield state until column failure. In depth analytical modeling was conducted to determine the effectiveness of current structural analysis software and methodology in predicting the bridge model response. Both SAP2000 v.9 and Drain-3DX were used for this purpose. Both models produced reasonable results up to column failure, however, the Drain-3DX model was determined to be most effective to predict the nonlinear bridge model response. Parametric studies were conducted to investigate optimal element discretization and integration parameters. Existing equations for pre and postyield column shear stiffness showed good correlation when compared with the measured data.

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    • Johnson, Nathan
    • Saiidi, M Saiid
    • Sanders, David
  • Publication Date: 2009


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  • Accession Number: 01145303
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Nov 10 2009 9:44PM