Horizontal and Vertical Movements of Bridge Piers Subjected to Ship Impact

by Naresh C. Samtani, (A.M.ASCE), Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade &, Douglas, Inc, New York, United States,
Jaw-Nan Wang, (A.M.ASCE), Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade &, Douglas, Inc, New York, United States,
Frank Pepe, Jr., Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade &, Douglas, Inc, New York, United States,
Michael J. Abrahams, (M.ASCE), Parsons Brinckerhoff Quade &, Douglas, Inc, New York, United States,



Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Vertical and Horizontal Deformations of Foundations and Embankments

Abstract: Results of a detailed analysis to evaluate the potential horizontal and vertical movements of the piers of George P. Coleman Bridge, Virginia, in the event of ship impact are presented in this paper. Two-dimensional (2-D) and three-dimensional (3-D) total stress elasto-plastic finite element analyses were conducted. It was found that the 2-D analysis underestimates the resistance of the piers to ship impact. Based on 2-D and 3-D analyses, the paper presents a practical methodology and correlations to help extrapolate the 2-D results to account for 3-D effects.

Subject Headings: Two-dimensional analysis | Ship motion | Piers | Three-dimensional analysis | Finite element method | Dynamic loads | Vertical loads | Stress analysis | Bridges | Two-dimensional models | North America | Virginia | United States

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