Seismic performance of precast segmental bridges Conference Paper uri icon


  • Precast segmental bridge construction is currently receiving increasing attention in North America and Europe mainly due to the advantages of accelerated construction and high quality control it offers. Despite these advantages, concerns have arisen amongst the engineering design community regarding the performance of such systems under intense earthquake shaking. In this paper, a novel segmental concrete bridge system, which is going to be used for shake table and quasi-static testing, is presented as well as an approach to efficiently model segmental systems using 2-node elements widely available is most structural analysis software. The results of the analyses conducted for the proposed bridge system using this modeling approach suggest that segmental bridge systems may exhibit high ductility and enhanced self-centering capabilities under severe ground excitation.

published proceedings

  • 9th US National and 10th Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering 2010, Including Papers from the 4th International Tsunami Symposium

author list (cited authors)

  • Sideris, P., Anagnostopoulou, M., Aref, A., & Filiatrault, A.

complete list of authors

  • Sideris, P||Anagnostopoulou, M||Aref, A||Filiatrault, A

publication date

  • December 2010