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Highway bridge seismic design: summary of FHWA/MCEER project on seismic vulnerability of new highway construction

Ian M. Friedland1, Ian G. Buckle2 and George C. Lee3

  1. Applied Technology Council, 1300 Pennsylvania Ave NW, Suite 700, Washington D.C., 20004, USA
  2. Department of Civil Engineering, University of Nevada-Reno, Mail Stop 258, Reno, Nevada, 89557, USA
  3. Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research, University at Buffalo, Red Jacket Quadrangle, Buffalo, New York, 14260, USA

Abstract: The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) sponsored a large, multi-year project conducted by the Multidisciplinary Center for Earthquake Engineering Research (MCEER) titled “Seismic Vulnerability of New Highway Construction” (MCEER Project 112), which was completed in 1998. MCEER coordinated the work of many researchers, who performed studies on the seismic design and vulnerability analysis of highway bridges, tunnels, and retaining structures. Extensive research was conducted to provide revisions and improvements to current design and detailing approaches and national design specifications for highway bridges. The program included both analytical and experimental studies, and addressed seismic hazard exposure and ground motion input for the U.S. highway system; foundation design and soil behavior; structural importance, analysis, and response; structural design issues and details; and structural design criteria.

Keywords: Seismic design specifications; bridges; seismic hazard exposure; ground motion input; structural response analysis; foundation design; soil behavior

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