Investigation of Impact in Dissipated Energy during Earthquake on Concrete Bridges by Having Separation Distance

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant Professor, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Semnan University, Semnan, Iran

2 Ph.D. Student, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Semnan University, Semnan, Iran

3 Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, University of Porto (FEUP), Porto, Portugal


Undoubtedly, bridges have substantially effect in metropolitan areas and are usually built to connect between two roads in order to decrease traffic. Pounding, is one of the important parameters to design different bridges as this structures should be controlled during seismic excitation to provide safety conditions in order to organize and support unpredictable situations. During very strong earthquake, bridges may experience large horizontal relative displacement, which may lead to pounding if sufficient gap size is not considered between adjacent slabs of bridge. Insufficient separation distance is naturally caused to collide between two slabs and, subsequently, stiffness of bridge is decreased and finally, collapse is occurred. In order to determine impact force and also absorption energy during collision, many researchers have demonstrated different theories and also suggested various equations by using impact velocity before and after impact. In this study, special element is used between two slabs to determine impact force and a new equation of motion is mathematically presented to calculate impact damping ratio focusing on coefficient of restitution.


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  • Receive Date: 13 February 2015
  • Revise Date: 08 November 2015
  • Accept Date: 16 November 2015
  • First Publish Date: 20 February 2016