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Assessing Seismic Performance of Integral bridges for improved Resilience and lifecycle in Earthquake-prone areas

Project description

Building bridges to withstand earthquakes

From very simple structures built from logs, stone and dirt to the introduction of stone arches that revolutionised bridge building techniques during the Roman Empire, bridges have come a long way. Today’s bridges are constructed to be stronger and bigger than ever before. While bridges offer faster travel routes, they also need to be safe – especially in an earthquake. The EU-funded ASPIRE project will assess the seismic performance of integral abutment bridges, a particular class of structures characterised by the absence of bearing supports and expansion joints (elements commonly used in bridges). Compared to traditional bridges, integral abutment bridges are more cost-effective. By studying behaviour under seismic loads, the project will shed light on the use of integral abutment bridges in quake-prone areas.


Net EU contribution
€ 224 933,76
Beacon House Queens Road
BS8 1QU Bristol
United Kingdom

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South West (England) Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Bristol/Bath area Bristol, City of
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Non-EU contribution
€ 0,00