Impact of New Seismic Design Provisions on Bridges in Mid-America: A Pilot Pooled Funds Project

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General Information
Solicitation Number: 976
Status: End Solicitation Phase
Date Posted: Aug 22, 2005
Last Updated: Aug 13, 2014
Solicitation Expires: Aug 22, 2006
Partners: FHWA, GADOT, IL, IN, MO, MS, TN
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Financial Summary
Commitment Start Year: 2005
Commitment End Year: 2006
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Commitments Required: $290,000.00
Commitments Received: $590,000.00
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Gary Jensen
Gary.Jensen@dot.gov
Organization Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Federal Highway Administration 2006 $400,000.00 Wen-huei (Phil) Yen Wen-huei (Phil) Yen 202-493-3056 Wen-huei.Yen@fhwa.dot.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2006 $30,000.00 Paul Liles Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2006 $30,000.00 Carl Puzey Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Indiana Department of Transportation 2006 $35,000.00 John Jordan Tommy Nantung 765-463-1521 ext 248 tnantung@indot.in.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2006 $30,000.00 Mitch Carr James Watkins 601-359-7650 jwatkins@mdot.state.ms.us
Missouri Department of Transportation 2006 $30,000.00 Bryan Hartnagel Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2006 $35,000.00 Edward Wasserman Stephanie Vincent 615.741.2203 Stephanie.Vincent@tn.gov

Background

In 1998, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) initiated a study to develop a new set of seismic design provisions for highway bridges (NCHRP Project 12-49) for possible incorporation into the future AASHTO LRFD bridge design specifications. These recommended specifications provided the technical basis for a stand-alone set of provisions entitled "Recommended LRFD Guidelines for the Seismic Design of Highway Bridges" developed by a joint venture of the ATC and MCEER. The NCHRP project 12-49 was intended to reflect experience gained during recent damaging earthquakes and the results of research programs conducted in the US and elsewhere over the prior 10 years. The project was to incorporate the latest information regarding design, performance criteria, seismic hazard, site effects, and component design and detailing. Studies have shown that direct application of the proposed specifications may involve large number of bridges requiring seismic design, resulting in more cost for the states in the Central and Southeastern United States (CSUS). This project is to study the detail ground motion characteristics, site response models and bridge performance criteria to improve or evolve the latest specifications are a major improvement over previous versions - particularly as it pertains to bridges in the Central and Southeastern United States.

Objectives

The objectives of this research project are to apply a comprehensive methodology to design bridges in the CSUS - using the NCHRP 12-49 as a basis. The methodology would address

(1) current source models and maps used for ground motion in the CSUS

(2) current site response models

(3) fragility models and network assessment to determine required level of seismic protection

(4) Detailed analysis to derive retrofit design forces and deformations

The ground motion characteristics, site response models, and bridge performance fragility curves will be developed for representative states in the Central and Southeastern United States. Additional investigation into advanced analysis methods for bridges before and after retrofitting, and the use of network models will also be performed. It is believed that by addressing these four components using the latest tools and knowledge in seismology, geotechnical engineering, transportation and structural engineering, the impact of the codes on seismic design might, in fact, be minimal.

Scope of Work

Task 1

Provide a state-of-the-art summary of the recent research on source models and site response models for the central and southeastern United States.

Task 2

Using the latest tools from the MAE Center, and the results of Task 1, develop ground motion intensity maps (rock motion) for representative regions in Mid-America for a suite of return periods.

---Interim Report (Month 3)

Task 3

Develop uniform hazard response spectra for representative regions in Mid-America area using DEEPSOIL, a nonlinear site response code that includes the significant effect of confining pressure on the nonlinear soil properties of soils in the Embayment and using an alternative approach based on soil attenuation relationships. Compare results with ground motions calculated by the USGS for regions in Mid-America

---Interim Report (Month 6)

Task 4

Develop fragility curves which represent the inherent capacity of bridges in Mid-America for use in the Analysis.

Task 5

Provide an example of the network solution to determine priorities and number of retrofitted bridges, and compare with traditional selection methods.

---Interim Report (Month 9)

Task 6

Perform refined analysis with soil-structure interaction of a sample bridge to determine forces and deformations for retrofit design, and compare with forces and deformations obtained from conventional analysis-for-design methods according to AASHTO and NCHRP.

Task 7

Provide recommendations on source, site, fragility models, retrofit prioritization and retrofit design, for future use for DOT¿s in central and southeastern United States.

Final Report (Month 12)

Comments

Pooled fund participation is planned for a minimum of 7 States contributing $30K each. FHWA will contribute $70K and will fund an additional $30K (subject to availability in FY 2006).

Subjects: Bridges, Other Structures, and Hydraulics and Hydrology

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Impact of New Seismic Design Provisions on Bridges in Mid-America: A Pilot Pooled Funds Project

General Information
Solicitation Number: 976
Status: End Solicitation Phase
Date Posted: Aug 22, 2005
Last Updated: Aug 13, 2014
Solicitation Expires: Aug 22, 2006
Partners: FHWA, GADOT, IL, IN, MO, MS, TN
Lead Organization: Federal Highway Administration
Financial Summary
Commitment Start Year: 2005
Commitment End Year: 2006
100% SP&R Approval: Approved
Commitments Required: $290,000.00
Commitments Received: $590,000.00
Contact Information
Lead Study Contact(s): Gary Jensen
Gary.Jensen@dot.gov
Commitments by Organizations
Agency Year Commitments Technical Contact Name Funding Contact Name Contact Number Email Address
Federal Highway Administration 2006 $400,000.00 Wen-huei (Phil) Yen Wen-huei (Phil) Yen 202-493-3056 Wen-huei.Yen@fhwa.dot.gov
Georgia Department of Transportation 2006 $30,000.00 Paul Liles Supriya Kamatkar 404-347-0552 skamatkar@dot.ga.gov
Illinois Department of Transportation 2006 $30,000.00 Carl Puzey Megan Swanson 217-782-3547 Megan.Swanson@illinois.gov
Indiana Department of Transportation 2006 $35,000.00 John Jordan Tommy Nantung 765-463-1521 ext 248 tnantung@indot.in.gov
Mississippi Department of Transportation 2006 $30,000.00 Mitch Carr James Watkins 601-359-7650 jwatkins@mdot.state.ms.us
Missouri Department of Transportation 2006 $30,000.00 Bryan Hartnagel Jennifer Harper 573-526-3636 Jennifer.Harper@modot.mo.gov
Tennessee Department of Transportation 2006 $35,000.00 Edward Wasserman Stephanie Vincent 615.741.2203 Stephanie.Vincent@tn.gov

Background

In 1998, the National Cooperative Highway Research Program (NCHRP) initiated a study to develop a new set of seismic design provisions for highway bridges (NCHRP Project 12-49) for possible incorporation into the future AASHTO LRFD bridge design specifications. These recommended specifications provided the technical basis for a stand-alone set of provisions entitled "Recommended LRFD Guidelines for the Seismic Design of Highway Bridges" developed by a joint venture of the ATC and MCEER. The NCHRP project 12-49 was intended to reflect experience gained during recent damaging earthquakes and the results of research programs conducted in the US and elsewhere over the prior 10 years. The project was to incorporate the latest information regarding design, performance criteria, seismic hazard, site effects, and component design and detailing. Studies have shown that direct application of the proposed specifications may involve large number of bridges requiring seismic design, resulting in more cost for the states in the Central and Southeastern United States (CSUS). This project is to study the detail ground motion characteristics, site response models and bridge performance criteria to improve or evolve the latest specifications are a major improvement over previous versions - particularly as it pertains to bridges in the Central and Southeastern United States.

Objectives

The objectives of this research project are to apply a comprehensive methodology to design bridges in the CSUS - using the NCHRP 12-49 as a basis. The methodology would address

(1) current source models and maps used for ground motion in the CSUS

(2) current site response models

(3) fragility models and network assessment to determine required level of seismic protection

(4) Detailed analysis to derive retrofit design forces and deformations

The ground motion characteristics, site response models, and bridge performance fragility curves will be developed for representative states in the Central and Southeastern United States. Additional investigation into advanced analysis methods for bridges before and after retrofitting, and the use of network models will also be performed. It is believed that by addressing these four components using the latest tools and knowledge in seismology, geotechnical engineering, transportation and structural engineering, the impact of the codes on seismic design might, in fact, be minimal.

Scope of Work

Task 1

Provide a state-of-the-art summary of the recent research on source models and site response models for the central and southeastern United States.

Task 2

Using the latest tools from the MAE Center, and the results of Task 1, develop ground motion intensity maps (rock motion) for representative regions in Mid-America for a suite of return periods.

---Interim Report (Month 3)

Task 3

Develop uniform hazard response spectra for representative regions in Mid-America area using DEEPSOIL, a nonlinear site response code that includes the significant effect of confining pressure on the nonlinear soil properties of soils in the Embayment and using an alternative approach based on soil attenuation relationships. Compare results with ground motions calculated by the USGS for regions in Mid-America

---Interim Report (Month 6)

Task 4

Develop fragility curves which represent the inherent capacity of bridges in Mid-America for use in the Analysis.

Task 5

Provide an example of the network solution to determine priorities and number of retrofitted bridges, and compare with traditional selection methods.

---Interim Report (Month 9)

Task 6

Perform refined analysis with soil-structure interaction of a sample bridge to determine forces and deformations for retrofit design, and compare with forces and deformations obtained from conventional analysis-for-design methods according to AASHTO and NCHRP.

Task 7

Provide recommendations on source, site, fragility models, retrofit prioritization and retrofit design, for future use for DOT¿s in central and southeastern United States.

Final Report (Month 12)

Comments

Pooled fund participation is planned for a minimum of 7 States contributing $30K each. FHWA will contribute $70K and will fund an additional $30K (subject to availability in FY 2006).

Subjects: Bridges, Other Structures, and Hydraulics and Hydrology

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