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Traveling wave effect on the seismic response of a steel arch bridge subjected to near fault ground motions

Xu Yan (徐 艳) 1,2 and George C Lee1

  1. MCEER, University at Buffalo, NY 14260, USA
  2. Department of Bridge Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China

Abstract: In the 1990s, several major earthquakes occurred throughout the world, with a common observation that near fault ground motion (NFGM) characteristics had a distinct impact on causing damage to civil engineering structures that could not be predicted by using far field ground motions. Since then, seismic responses of structures under NFGMs have been extensively examined, with most of the studies focusing on structures with relatively short fundamental periods, where the traveling wave effect does not need to be considered. However, for long span bridges, especially arch bridges, the traveling wave (only time delay considered) effect may be very distinct and is therefore important. In this paper, the results from a case study on the seismic response of a steel arch bridge under selected NFGMs is presented by considering the traveling wave effect with variable apparent velocities. The effects of fling step and long period pulses of NFGMs on the seismic responses of the arch bridge are also discussed.

Keywords: traveling wave effect; arch bridge; near fault ground motion; fling step; long period pulses

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