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Title: Failure Modes of Elastomeric Bearings and the Influence of Manufacturing Methods
Author(s): Charles W. Roedr, John F. Stanton, and Andrew W. Taylor
Publication: Special Publication
Appears on pages(s): 279-296
Keywords: bearings; bridge bearings; buildings; cracking (fracturing); failure mechanisms; fatigue (materials); pads; polychloroprene; rubber; stability; Design
Abstract:Elastomeric bearings and bearing pads are used in bridges and precast concrete buildings. They support large gravity loads while accommodating movements due to creep, relaxation, and thermal expansion. The design criteria for these bearings are often simplistic, and their modes of failure are frequently not understood by the design engineer. The paper describes the modes of failure of elastomeric bearings. These include yield and rupture of the reinforcement, delamination of reinforcement, cracking or tearing of the rubber, fatigue, and instability. Experimental results are summarized, and the influence of different manufacturing techniques are illustrated. The results show the importance of careful design and manufacture of these bearings, which help guide the engineer toward improved design procedures.
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