North Carolina Department of Transportation
Research & Innovation Summit – 2020

Bridge Pier Scour Induced Loading Effect Using Finite Element Modelling

Authors: Vidya Subhash Chavan, Shen-en Chen, Craig Allan, John Diemer, Wenwu Tang, Navanit Sri Shanmugam, Zachery Slocum, Tarini Shukla, Tianyang Chen and Matthew S. Lauffer
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Background and Introduction

Flooding and scour are recognized by the bridge community as the leading cause of bridge failures in the United States. About 83% of the structures listed in the National Bridge Inventory (NBI) cross waterways and are exposed to flooding and scour threats. During the last 30 years, 600 bridges have failed due to scour problems.

Early prediction of the remaining bridge strength and expected potential damage is crucial for decision making regarding bridge maintenance or replacement.


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