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DUCTILE END-DIAPHRAGM IN GIRDER BRIDGE

E.1 DESIGN PROCEDURE

A seismic design strategy that relies on ductile end-diaphragms inserted in the steel superstructure can be, in some instances, an effective alternative to energy dissipation in the substructure. This could be the case, for example, when stiff wall-piers that can difficulty be detailed to have a stable ductile response are used as a substructure. The ductile diaphragms considered in this Article are therefore those that can be specially designed and calibrated to yield before the strength of the substructure is reached (substructural elements, foundation, and bearings are referred generically as “substructure” here). Many types of systems capable of stable passive seismic energy dissipation could be used for this purpose. Among those, eccentrically braced frames (EBF) (e.g. Malley and Popov 1983; Kasai and Popov 1986), shear panel systems (SPS) (Fehling et al. 1992; Nakashima 1995), and steel triangular-plate added damping and stiffness devices (TADAS) (Tsai et al. 1993), popular in building applications, have been studied for bridge applications (Zahrai and Bruneau 1999a, 1999b). These are illustrated in Figures E.1-1 to E.1-3. Although concentrically braced frames can also be ductile, they are not admissible in Article 7.7.8.2 or 8.7.8.2 because they can often be stronger than calculated, and their hysteretic curves can exhibit pinching and some strength degradation.

Figure E.1-1

EBF Ductile Diaphragms

Figure E.1-2 SPS Ductile Diaphragms

Figure E.1-3

TADAS Ductile Diaphragms

E-1

Abb and Ibb are the depth.e: K ends K DD Kg (E.1-1) The stiffness contribution of a plate girder is obviously a function of the fixity provided to its top and bottom flanges by the deck slab and bearing respectively.l � � Ls hl d bb / 2 12 I bb 2 H tan 2 2 Ag (E. can be computed as follows: . As for fixity at the bearing level. it obviously depends on the type of bearings present. making the end-diaphragm behave as a dual system.E-2 HIGHWAY BRIDGES APPENDIX E Note that the plate girders can also contribute to the lateral load resistance. cross sectional area and moment of inertia for the bottom beam. lateral stiffness of the EBF and TADAS implemented as end-diaphragms of slab-on-girder bridges. KDD. 3EI g 3 hg Kg (E. even when infinitely rigid bearings are present. Kends. IKg. and the role of the ductile diaphragms is to limit the magnitude of the maximum forces that can develop in the substructure. depends on the type of ductile device implemented. However. hl. dbb. full fixity is still difficult to ensure due to flexibility of the girder flanges. the stiffness of one such end-diaphragm in a slab-on-girder bridge. IKDD (usually much larger than the former). i. if a ductile SPS is used. the other one pinned.l are the length. moment of inertia and shear area of the link. Il and As. as revealed by finite element analyses of subassemblies at the girder-to-bearing connection point.6hl � As . must be added to the stiffness of the ductile diaphragms. If full fixity is provided at both flanges of the plate girder. For example. However. It is the engineer’s responsibility to determine the level of fixity provided at the ends of the girders. to obtain the lateral stiffness of the bridge end-diaphragms (adding the stiffnesses of both ends of the span). 12 EI g 3 hg Kg (E. Ls is the girder spacing.1-4) where E is the modulus of elasticity.1-3) If both ends effectively behave as pin supports. Full fixity at the deck level in composite bridges is possible if shear studs are closely spaced and designed to resist the pull-out forces resulting from the moments developed at the top of the girders under lateral seismic forces. contrary to conventional design. Kg=0. The lateral stiffness of the ductile diaphragms. a is the brace’s angle with the horizontal. the most conservative solution is not obtained when zero fixity is assumed because fixity also adds strength to the diaphragms. KSPS.1-2) where Ig is the moment of inertia of the stiffened stub-girder (mainly due to the bearing web stiffeners) in the lateral direction. and H and Ag are the height and area of the stiffened girders. the lateral stiffness of the stiffened girders. If one end is fully fixed. Therefore. and hg is its height. KEBF and KTADAS . lb and Ab are the length and area of each brace. can be obtained by: K SPS E lb 2 Ab cos 2 Ls 4 Abb h � � 3I � l 3 l 2. Similarly.

cross sectional and shear areas of the link. Note that of the five terms in the denominator of Equations E. A.6M *p/V p s EBF Vb=0.APPENDIX E 2001 GUIDELINES AND COMMENTARY E a e H 2 1. Ls .1-4 to E. height. e. and girder spacing. For a bridge having a given number of girders.l 2 Ag 2 E-3 K EBF lb 2 Ab cos 2 (E. and the fourth (accounting for the rotation of bottom beam at midspan in SPS and TADAS) could have a small impact if the bottom beam was a deep and stiff beam. N. width and thickness of the TADAS plates.3eH 2 H tan 2 � � � � 2 Al 12 Ls I l aLs As . n d. and tT are the number. nd.l are the length.2) Find N Calculate resulting T for bridge Update C s Fix R value N N Is C s compatible with obtained T ? Check V g=K gb e and check R Y Y Check b max=fb y < e y max (e y maxH/L s for EBF) Figure E..1-5) KTADAS = E 3 L ( h + dbb / 2 ) lb L H tan 2 a 6hT + s + + s T + 2 3 12 I bb 2 Ag 2 Ab cos a 4 Abb NbT tT 2 (E.1-6.1-4): Determine M. ng. moment of inertia.1-6) where a is the length of the beam outside the link. which is not however always the case. Al and As. bT. M *p e =(1/8 to 1/12)L e <1.1-4: Flow Chart of Design Process for Ductile Diaphragm . K SUB Calculate R Calculate V e W<V inel=V e/R<V subs /2 Vd=(V inel -n gVg)/n d Design link:V l=Vd H/Ls Find V p. L. and all other parameters are as defined previously. number of end-diaphragms implemented at each support. n g.75V d/cos a SPS Design link: V l=Vd hl=(1/8 to 1/10)H TADAS Select t T find h T h T=(1/10 to 1/12)H Select b T (h T/1. Il. the second and fifth which account for axial deformations of bottom beam and stiffened girders could be ignored.the design procedure for a ductile diaphragm consists of the following steps (illustrated in Figure E. hT.

Moreover. the braced diaphragm assembly should also be 5 to 10 times stiffer than the girders with bearing web stiffeners (even though ductility demand tends to be larger in stiffer structures) to prevent. not the local ductility of the ductile device that may be implemented in that diaphragm. the contribution of the girders to lateral load resistance is nearly insignificant. 3) Determine the design lateral load. equal to: Vb = 1. 2) Calculate Vinel = Ve /R. for a given SPS or TADAS device. 5) Design the energy dissipating device.2.7. In that perspective.g. Vd. and R is the force reduction factor calculated as indicated in Article 7. it is recommended in this procedure that the bearing stiffeners at the support of these girders be trimmed to the minimum width necessary to satisfy the strength and stability requirements.5 Vd ( Vd 1 ) = 0.1-10: .E-4 HIGHWAY BRIDGES APPENDIX E 1) Determine the elastic seismic base shear resistance. Vb.8. Note that in short bridges. strain rate effects and higher than specified yield strength. it is also advantageous to select a flexurally stiff bottom beam to minimize rigid-body rotation of the energy dissipating device and thus maximize hysteretic energy at a given lateral deck displacement. Ve. Note that in longer bridges. for one end of the bridge (half of equivalent static force). where Vinel is the inelastic lateral load resistance of the entire ductile diaphragm panel at the target reduction factor.8. with the exception of the seismic energy dissipation device. For example. yielding in the main girders under transverse displacements.5 Vd hT.75 2cos a cos a (E.5 Vd hl or 1. particularly those with a lesser number of girders per cross-section. link beam or TADAS) at the target ductility level.5Vd to account for potential overstrength of the ductile device due to strain hardening. Ideally. braces should be designed to resist an axial compression force. the bottom beam should be designed to resist a moment equal to 1.7. Note that f in that equation represents the ductility capacity of the ductile diaphragm as a whole. or at least minimize. Vg can be a dominant factor that could overwhelm the resistance contribution provided by the special ductile diaphragm elements.1-7) where Vg is the lateral load resistance of one stiffened girder.1-9) The plastic shear capacity Vp of a wide flange steel beam is given by Equation E. for the SPS and TADAS systems.1-8) Likewise. the shear force Vl in the link is: H Vd Ls Vl (E. 4) Design all structural members and connections of the ductile diaphragm. to be able to resist forces corresponding to 1. For the link beam in an EBF end-diaphragm. by: Vinel ngVg nd Vd (E.2 or 8. to be resisted by the energy dissipation device (e.

base width. VT =Vd and a hT of H/10 to H/12 is recommended. However. if a reasonable estimate of the desirable KT for the TADAS device is possible. based on available plate size. The ratio of the above equations directly provides a relationship between hT and tT : hT = 2 EtT VT 3Fy KT (E. In turn. of the link yielding in shear and equal to (Malley and Popov 1983): M* p t f b f Fy (dl t f ) (E. Mp*. American Institute 1992).6 (E. detailing constraints) in presence of closely spaced girders. tT and hT are the number. bT.1-11) Since shear links are more reliable energy dissipators than flexural links (Kasai and Popov 1986.APPENDIX E 2001 GUIDELINES AND COMMENTARY Vp 0. Hence. The moment simultaneously applied to the link must be less than the reduced moment capacity. Ls.1-13) KT 3 NEbT tT 3 6hT (E. of a TADAS device can be determined from (Tsai et al. and the stiffness. thickness and height of the triangular steel plates. KT. of 1/8 to 1/12 of the girder spacing. 1993): 2 NbT tT Fy VT 4ht (E. e.1-12) A link length. and dl is the depth of the beam.1-10) E-5 where Fy is the yield stress of steel. bT can be chosen . ensuring that its yield displacement is reached much before onset of yielding of the stiffened girders. tT. shear links are favored and their length is therefore limited by the equation below: M* p Vp e < emax = 1.1-14) where N. tw is the web thickness. the less restrictive value preferred for practical reasons (i. For a SPS. VT. replace step 5 with step 6: 6) Select a small plate thickness. A link height of 1/8 to 1/10 of the girder depth is recommended for preliminary design.e. The shear strength. is recommended for preliminary design.1-15) Here. for a TADAS system. tT can be determined directly from hT. the above procedure would be followed with the obvious exception that Vl=Vd and the height of panel should be limited to half of the value obtained by the above equation since the yielding link is only in single curvature.58 Fy tw dl (E. as opposed to double curvature for the EBF. Deeper link beams are also preferred as the resulting larger flexural stiffness enhances the overall stiffness of the ductile device.

based on experimental results (Tsai et al. hT/bT . and TADAS end-diaphragms. Review the assumed lateral period of the bridge. i. between 1 and 1. Incidentally. many different yet appropriate TADAS systems could be designed within these constraints. of these beams shall not exceed 200bf /iFy where bf is the width of beam flange in metre and Fy is the yield strength of steel in MPa. T. Note that the ductile energy dissipating elements should be laterally braced at their ends to prevent out-ofplane instability. 8) For the maximum lateral drift of the bridge at the diaphragm location. Systems with thinner steel plates perform better. at least until experimental evidence is provided to demonstrate that higher values are acceptable.5 are better energy dissipators.08 (AISC 1997). For shear links. 1993). the unsupported length. 0. Finally.e.1-17) with generally accepted Ymax limits of 0. Ymax (easily obtained by dividing the maximum relative displacements of link ends by the link length). this is commonly expressed in terms of the maximum link deformation angle. the maximum drift for the SPS and EBF diaphragms is respectively limited to: max e max (E. Finally. modify the link’s depth and length as well as the stiffness of the EBF or SPS diaphragm as necessary. Lu.E-6 HIGHWAY BRIDGES APPENDIX E knowing that triangular plates with aspect ratio. These lateral supports and their connections should be designed to resist 6% of the nominal strength of the beam flange. bmax.1-16) max eH Ls max (E. to prevent lateral torsional buckling of beams in the SPS. a maximum drift limit of 2% of the girder height is also suggested here. EBF. 7) Calculate the stiffness of the ductile end-diaphragm by using the equation presented earlier in this commentary. the following alternative equation accounting for the rotation of bottom beam at the link connection may be more accurate when this factor has an important impact: [ V L (h + d bb / 2) ) 6 max < e r max + d s l 12 EI bb (E. N can then be calculated. and update calculation as necessary. check that the maximum ductility capacity of ductile device is not exceeded. . and repeat the design process. Note that. In addition. for the SPS diaphragms. Small adjustments to all parameters follow as N is rounded up to the nearest whole number.1-18) Should these limits be violated.06Fy tf bf (AISC 1997).

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