Development of an earthquake-resistant design of support and bracing structures of wooden bridges

In the past, seismic actions were often not considered in the design of timber and timber-concrete composite (HBV) bridges because wind and braking loads were assumed to dominate in the horizontal forces of the bridge. A preliminary study identified the need for seismic protection for these bridge types as well.
The aim of this research project is therefore to develop a concept with which conventional supports can be supplemented by a simple additional structure, which can also be retrofitted. For this purpose, U-shaped steel elements with high dissipation capacity are used. A series of tests on the interaction of these steel dampers and the bridge's elastomeric bearings will be used to validate numerical models.

Central Innovation Program for SMEs (ZIM) of the Federal Ministry of Economics and Climate Protection (BMWK) - R&D cooperation projects

Cooperation partner:
Harrer Ingenieure GmbH

Duration 2022-2024