Advanced Steel Construction

Vol. 4, No. 3, pp. 173-183 (2008)


ANALYSIS AND DESIGN OF STEEL BRIDGE STRUCTURES WITH ENERGY ABSORPTION MEMBERS

 

Zhiyi Chen 1, Hanbin Ge 2,*, and Tsutomu Usami 3

1 Lecturer, Department of Geotechnical Engineering, Tongji University, Shanghai 200092, China

2 Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Meijo University, 1-501,

Shiogamaguchi Tenpaku-ku, Nagoya, 468-8502, Japan

3 Professor, Department of Civil Engineering, Meijo University, 1-501,

Shiogamaguchi Tenpaku-ku, Nagoya, 468-8502, Japan

*(Corresponding author: E-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Received: 6 March 2007; Revised: 8 May 2007; Accepted: 13 June 2007

 

DOI:10.18057/IJASC.2008.4.3.1

 

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ABSTRACT

  This paper aims to investigate the efficiency of energy absorption members incorporated in thin-walled steel bridge structures against major earthquakes. Energy absorption members concerned here is buckling-restrained brace (BRB), which dissipates earthquake-induced energy through metallic yielding through axial tension and compression. Dynamic nonlinear time-history analysis has been performed. It is found that such an energy absorption member is effective in mitigating earthquake hazard.

 

KEYWORDS

Energy absorption member; steel bridge structures; seismic design; time-history analysis


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