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Master of Science (MS)


Civil and Environmental Engineering


Keri L. Ryan


Seismic considerations greatly influence the lateral and vertical design of a structure, often necessitating larger elements than would otherwise be required. Seismic isolation greatly reduces the demands on a structure due to earthquake loading, allowing the use of smaller, more efficient members and foundations. This case study illustrates the theory and procedure of evaluating the response of a recently built multi-span highway bridge using the most recent (2009) AASHTO code. Based on this response, an equivalent structure was designed to incorporate a seismic isolation system, and the substructure of the isolated bridge redesigned to meet the reduced demands more economically. The reduction in demands was quantified, and the member demands and overall responses of the two designs were compared. An overview of isolator design for the common isolator types available in the United States, with examples specific to the isolated structure that was designed, is also included as an addendum.


This work made publicly available electronically on November 21, 2011.