An Electronic Specification for the Earthquake Resistance Design of the Highway Bridges in Pennsylvania

by Morteza A. M. Torkamani, Univ of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, United States,
Riadh Koubaa, Univ of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Electronic Computation


An interactive C program for the seismic design of highway bridges in the state of Pennsylvania is described in this paper. The program was developed in C language on a personal computer. Algorithm routines were designed to select the appropriate seismic design method and construction provisions for highway bridges, to minimize their susceptibility to damage from earthquakes as recommended by the American Association of State Highways and Transportation officials (AASHTO) [1]. Besides furnishing the user with the analysis method, the program will present the design procedure flowcharts to finish the seismic design and a detailed description of every step in the design process.

Subject Headings: Highway and road design | Seismic design | Load and resistance factor design | Highway bridges | Earthquakes | Bridge design | Seismic tests | Infrastructure construction | Pennsylvania | United States

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