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This conference paper was originally published as Sheikh, MN, Vivier, A & Légeron, F, Seismic assessment of hollow core concrete bridge piers, in Proceedings of the Ninth Canadian Conference on Earthquake Engineering, The Canadian Association for Earthquake Engineering, 1631-1640.


Hollow core concrete bridge piers are traditionally believed to be vulnerable to seismic action. However, the seismic vulnerability of such piers has not been investigated fully. In this paper, an analytical model to assess seismic vulnerability of hollow core concrete bridge pier is developed. The model is validated with available experimental results. Code recommendations for hollow core bridge piers are evaluated. It is shown that confinement reinforcement requirements in the codes are sometimes highly conservative and sometimes non-conservative. However, the recently developed confinement reinforcement equations for solid bridge piers at Sherbrooke University can be applied for economic and safe design. It is demonstrated that hollow core bridge piers are not as vulnerable as it is traditionally believed. Such piers can attain expected ductility, if designed properly.

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