Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of Deteriorated Bridges

The New York State Department of Transportation (NYSDOT) Seismic Vulnerability Manual provides the procedures for assessing and rating the seismic vulnerability of bridges in NYS to facilitate timely corrective actions. However, these procedures rely on prescriptive vulnerability scores based on as-built conditions and do not systematically account for the bridge deterioration over time, e.g. rebar mass loss in piers due to corrosion, which can be critical for the resilience of a bridge during an earthquake or other large loading events. The primary goal of this proposal is to demonstrate seismic vulnerability assessment of a group of NY state bridges subjected to deterioration due to corrosion or other factors. Assessment will be performed using a systematic framework that can combine the effects of corrosion and seismic hazards. The results can be used to prioritize bridges for maintenance when resources are limited. The intended outcome of the project is the demonstration of the assessment methodology on a small group of bridges, recommendations for the Seismic Vulnerability Assessment Manual to incorporate the effects of degradation, and recommendations for bridge inspectors to identify damage that is critical for seismic resilience. The framework that will be demonstrated in this research can be similarly used to update the procedures of other state DOTs (especially in the neighboring USDOT regions).


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  • Status: Active
  • Funding: $141476
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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:

    New York State Department of Transportation

    100 Seneca Street
    Buffalo, NY  United States  14203

    Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation

    Rutgers University
    100 Brett Road
    Piscataway, NJ  United States  08854-8058
  • Project Managers:

    Picard, John

    Szary, Patrick

  • Performing Organizations:

    University at Buffalo - SUNY

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

    Ranade, Ravi

    Okumus, Pinar

  • Start Date: 20200101
  • Expected Completion Date: 20201231
  • Actual Completion Date: 0
  • USDOT Program: University Transportation Centers Program

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01749475
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Center for Advanced Infrastructure and Transportation
  • Contract Numbers: 69A3551847102, CAIT-UTC-REG29
  • Files: UTC, RIP
  • Created Date: Aug 27 2020 4:44PM