Performance-Based Engineering of Transportation Infrastructure Considering Multiple Hazards

Performance- or risk-based earthquake engineering has gained widespread acceptance as a path to achieve user-specified performance targets, which include characterizations of casualties, repair cost, and business interruption, for intensity, scenario- and time-based assessments. There are tools whose roots are in U.S. nuclear energy (from the late 1970s and early 1980s) but no companion toolkit for performance-based earthquake engineering transportation infrastructure. Earthquakes are not the only natural or man-made hazard posed to transportation networks, and there is no framework, in either the building or transportation domain, to accommodate them. The primary goals of this project are to: (1) extend the FEMA P-58 framework for performance-based earthquake engineering of buildings to transportation networks; (2) apply the framework to a simple transportation network involving three or four bridges to demonstrate its use and identify opportunities for improvement; and (3) expand the framework developed to accommodate extreme wind loadings. Ultimately, researchers will develop a plan to benefit the transportation community with tools and techniques for performance-based engineering of transportation networks regarding appropriate investment levels for new-build and retrofit/rehabilitation projects. In the long-term, this potentially may result in significant savings for large infrastructure projects.


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $135043
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  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology

    University Transportation Centers Program
    Department of Transportation
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Managing Organizations:

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Road
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058


    77 Water Street
    New York, NY  United States  10005
  • Project Managers:

    Szary, Patrick

    Carter, Matt

  • Performing Organizations:

    University at Buffalo - SUNY

    221 Ketter Hall
    Buffalo, NY  United States  14260
  • Principal Investigators:

    Sett, Kallol

    Wu, Teng

  • Start Date: 20181001
  • Expected Completion Date: 20200131
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01702253
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551847102, CAIT-UTC-REG14
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Oct 10 2018 11:50AM