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Title: Simultaneous buckling of bridge piers: algorithm applied in push-over analysis for the seismic design of the pylons on Bucaramanga Bridge in Colombia

Author(s): Iglesias Pérez, C.; Ayuso Calle, G.; Cano Fernández-Carrión, A.; González Aguilar, R.

Publication: ACHE

Volume: 63

Issue: 263

Appears on pages(s): 65 - 82

Keywords: simultaneous buckling, bridge piers, plastic hinge, push-over, capacity analysis, non-geometric linearity, stability to buckling.


Date: 1/1/2012

The relevance of this article is threefold: 1st It presents in detail the algorithm used to test the stability of bridge piers in a global model, i.e., integrated in the most general structure of the bridge. 2nd The method put forward represents a more general alternative to the commonly used moment-curvature method of sectional analysis for biaxial bending under constant axial force. 3rd It describes the algorithm's application to a 292 m span cable-stayed bridge with piers of 50 and 70 m in height (total height of the biggest tower 133 m). Its application, considering confinement in some particular cross-sections of piers permits the taking into account of plastic hinges" phenomena due to earthquakes and demonstrates the degree of ductility achieved in the structure. This constitutes a practical application of the push-over method to bridge piers."

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