Location

St. Louis, Missouri

Session Start Date

4-2-1995

Session End Date

4-7-1995

Abstract

An analytic procedure for predicting threshold accelerations for movement of gravity wall bridge abutments due to earthquake loading is described. The method draws on previous work related to the sliding mode of failure, and a newly developed theory on seismic reduction of bearing capacity. The main contribution of this paper is to present laboratory observations verifying mode of failure and critical acceleration levels predicted by this procedure for model retaining wall bridge abutments subjected to seismic excitation on a shaking table. Three different test series were performed with different interface conditions between the wall, and the bridge deck, soil foundation, and backfill resulting in a variety of modes of wall deformation.

Department(s)

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Appears In

International Conferences on Recent Advances in Geotechnical Earthquake Engineering and Soil Dynamics

Meeting Name

Third Conference

Publisher

University of Missouri--Rolla

Publication Date

4-2-1995

Document Version

Final Version

Rights

© 1995 University of Missouri--Rolla, All rights reserved.

Document Type

Article - Conference proceedings

File Type

text

Language

English

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Critical Acceleration Levels for Free Standing Bridge Abutments

St. Louis, Missouri

An analytic procedure for predicting threshold accelerations for movement of gravity wall bridge abutments due to earthquake loading is described. The method draws on previous work related to the sliding mode of failure, and a newly developed theory on seismic reduction of bearing capacity. The main contribution of this paper is to present laboratory observations verifying mode of failure and critical acceleration levels predicted by this procedure for model retaining wall bridge abutments subjected to seismic excitation on a shaking table. Three different test series were performed with different interface conditions between the wall, and the bridge deck, soil foundation, and backfill resulting in a variety of modes of wall deformation.