Additional Design Data Based on Full-Size Bridge Bearing Pads of Neoprene

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Title: Additional Design Data Based on Full-Size Bridge Bearing Pads of Neoprene

Author(s): L.W. Bell, A.L. Shloss, and N.S. Subramanian

Publication: Special Publication

Volume: 70

Issue:

Appears on pages(s): 1087-1100

Keywords: bridge bearings; bridges (structures); costs; durability; loads (forces); neoprene; performance; structural design

Date: 1/1/1981

Abstract:
Bridge bearing pads of Neoprene have demostrated exceptional performance, maintence-free durability and overall cost effectiveness for over 25 years. For these reasons, Neoprene bearing pads are being utilized in a growing variety of applications calling for larger sizes, increased shape factors, and higher load-bearing capacity. However, laboratory data prediciting the performance characterisitcs of these bearings has not been readily available. . .This paper is intended to provide the design engineer with additional data useful in utlizing the full potential of elastomeric bearing pads of Neoprene.