Experimental Testing of Laterally Loaded Large Scale Bridge Abutments

by Brian Maroney, CALTRANS, Sacramento, United States,
Karl Romstad, CALTRANS, Sacramento, United States,
Bruce Kutter, CALTRANS, Sacramento, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Engineering in Natural Hazards Mitigation


The challenges to a bridge analyst in defining abutment boundary conditions and the current state of the practice are presented. Variables within the abutment system are defined and discussed briefly. A comprehensive one-half scale abutment testing program currently underway at U.C. Davis and funded by CALTRANS is described.

Subject Headings: Load tests | Bridge abutments | Bridge tests | Lateral loads | Boundary conditions | Earthquakes | Load and resistance factor design | Earthquake resistant structures

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