Instructor

Dr. Mervyn Kowalsky

Dr. Mervyn Kowalsky

Civil, Construction, and Environmental Engineering

Phone: 919-515-7261
Email: kowalsky@ncsu.edu
Instructor Website

CE 728 Performance Based Seismic Design of Bridges

3 Credit Hours

This course covers the seismic analysis and design of bridge structures. The progression through the course follows six thematic areas, namely: Conceptual design; Analysis approaches; Capacity Design; Response Verification; Assessment and Retrofit of Bridges; and New [or underutilized] frontiers in bridge engineering. The emphasis during the course will be on the relationships between engineer's choices, analysis, and design.

Prerequisite

Earthquake Structural Engineering (NC State CE 725 or equivalent)

Course Overview and Objective

This course covers the seismic analysis and design of bridge structures. The progression through the course follows six theme areas, namely: Conceptual design; Analysis approaches; Capacity Design; Response Verification; Assessment and Retrofit of Bridges; and New (or underutilized) frontiers in bridge engineering. The emphasis during the course will be on the relationships between engineer’s choices, analysis and design.

Course Requirements

Homework (5 to 6 assignments) 60%
Final Exam 40%

Suggested Textbooks

Direct Displacement-Based Seismic Design of Structures. Nigel Priestley, Michele Calvi, and Mervyn Kowalsky, IUSS PRESS, 2007.

 Seismic Design and Retrofit of Bridges. Nigel Priestley, Frieder Seible, and Michele Calvi. John Wiley, 1996. (Electronic copy available from Library – free to download for NC State students)

Computer and Software Requirements

Please review minimum computer specifications recommended by NC State University and Engineering Online.

Students will need access to MATLAB for Cumbia, Espectro, Artifquakelet; Seismosoft applications Seismostruct; Seismosignal, and Seismomatch) Students may also utilize other analysis tools of their choosing (Ruaumoko, Sap)

Updated 11/08/2022