Past earthquakes have signaled the increased collapse vulnerability of mainshock-damaged bridge piers and urgent need of repair interventions prior to subsequent cascading hazard events, such as aftershocks, triggered by the mainshock (MS). The overarching goal of this study is to quantify the collapse vulnerability of mainshock-damaged substandard RC bridge piers rehabilitated with different repair jackets (FRP, conventional thick steel and hybrid jacket) under aftershock (AS) attacks of various intensities. The efficacy of repair jackets on post-MS resilience of repaired bridges is quantified for a prototype two-span single-column bridge bent with lap-splice deficiency at column-footing interface. Extensive number of incremental dynamic time history analyses on numerical finite element bridge models with deteriorating properties under back-to-back MS-AS sequences were utilized to evaluate the efficacy of different repair jackets on the post-repair behavior of RC bridges subjected to AS attacks. Results indicate the dramatic impact of repair jacket application on post-MS resilience of damaged bridge piers—up to 45.5 % increase of structural collapse capacity—subjected to aftershocks of multiple intensities. Besides, the efficacy of repair jackets is found to be proportionate to the intensity of AS attacks. Moreover, the steel jacket exhibited to be the most vulnerable repair intervention compared to CFRP, irrespective of the seismic sequence (severe MS-severe or moderate AS) or earthquake type (near-fault or far-fault).


Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Keywords and Phrases

Earthquake Damage; Performance-Based Seismic Engineering; Rapid Repair; RC Column; Bridge Piers; Concrete Bridges; Earthquake Effects; Earthquake Engineering; Faulting; Finite Element Method; Geophysics; Seismology; Dynamic Time History Analysis; Earthquake Damages; Fragility Analysis; Multiple Intensities; Seismic Sequence; Structural Collapse

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Publication Date

01 Sep 2015