Seismic Vulnerability Assessment of a RC Pedestrian Crossing

Corneliu Cismaşiu, Filipe P. Amarante dos Santos, Rui A. da Silva Perdigão, Vasco M. S. Bernardo, Paulo X. Candeias, Alexandra R. Carvalho, Luís M. C. Guerreiro

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The paper addresses the seismic vulnerability assessment of a multi-span footbridge, prone to span unseating due to shorter seat lengths. The structure is representative of a series of pedestrian crossings located in the Southern part of Portugal, a region with a relevant seismicity. A probabilistic approach allows considering the variability of the seismic action and uncertainties in the definition of the material properties and/or structural behavior. Based on incremental dynamic analyses and corresponding fragility curves, it is shown that, for code compliance design acceleration, there is a significant probability that the structure will only suffer minor damage.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)727-744
Number of pages18
JournalJournal of Earthquake Engineering
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 3 May 2020


  • Dowel Connection
  • Fragility Curves
  • Incremental Dynamic Analysis
  • Operational Modal Analysis
  • Rc Footbridges
  • Seismic Vulnerability Assessment


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