Reliability of Highway Bridge Piers

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by Sami W. Tabsh, Gannett Fleming, Inc, Harrisburg, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation

Abstract: Structural safety of reinforced concrete bridge piers supporting highway traffic is studied. Reliability indices for flexure, shear, and combined flexure and axial load limit states at ultimate are evaluated for a typical hammerhead pier. The statistical parameters of the resistance are determined using simulation and integration methods. The probabilistic load models are compiled from the available literature.

Subject Headings: Highway bridges | Piers | Infrastructure construction | Structural safety | Reinforced concrete | Concrete bridges | Live loads | Bridge design |

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