Seismic Vulnerability of Wall Piers and Abutments

This study aims to identify the number and characteristics of bridges on priority emergency routes in southern Illinois that utilize wall type piers, and then to assess the seismic vulnerability of those wall pier bridges. Systematic assessments will be made of the damage to be expected for specific bridges, accounting for the existing structural details and characteristic earthquake ground motions for the bridge sites. If possible, cost-effective retrofit techniques will be developed and the likely reduction in damage will be predicted.

  • Supplemental Notes:
    • Keywords: Bridges, Wall Piers, Seismic assessment, Retrofit, liquefaction, Abutments


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  • Status: Active
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Illinois Department of Transportation

    Bureau of Materials and Physical Research
    126 East Ash Street
    Springfield, IL  United States  62704-4766
  • Performing Organizations:

    University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

    1105 Newmark Civil Engineering Lab, 205 North Matthews Avenue
    Urbana, IL  United States  61801
  • Principal Investigators:

    LaFave, James

  • Start Date: 20020701
  • Expected Completion Date: 0
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • Source Data: RiP Project 8811

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01459004
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Illinois Department of Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: R36
  • Files: RiP, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 12:54PM