Dynamic behavior of steel deck tension-tied arch bridges to seismic excitation

Morteza A.M. Torkamani, Hak E. Lee

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The dynamic responses of steel deck, tension-tied, arch bridges subjected to earthquake excitations were investigated. The 620 ft (189 m) Birmingham Bridge, located in Pittsburgh, was selected as an analytical model for the study. The bridge has a single deck tension-tied arch span and is supported by two bridge piers, which in turn are supported by the pile foundations. Due to the complex configuration of the deck system, two analytical models were considered to represent the bridge deck system. Using the normal mode method, seismic responses were calculated for two bridge models and the results were compared with each other. Three orthogonal records of the El Centro 1940 earthquake were used as input for the seismic response analysis. The modal contributions were also checked in order to obtain a reasonable representation of the response and to minimize computational cost. Displacements and stresses at the panel points of the bridge are calculated and presented in graphical form.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)57-67
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Bridge Engineering
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002 Jan


  • Box girder
  • Bridges, arch
  • Earthquake excitation
  • Modal analysis
  • Steel decks

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction


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