Our Special Session in Integral Bridge design is now on please have a look at IABMAS 2020 Conference (June 28-July 2):
Bruno Briseghella, College of Civil Engineering, Fuzhou University, China;
Stergios Mitoulis, University of Surrey, UK;
Camillo Nuti, Department of Architecture, University of Roma Tre, Italy;
Alessandro Palermo, Department of Civil and Natural Resources Engineering, University of Canterbury, New Zealand;
Philip W. Yen, International Association of Bridge Earthquake Engineering, IABEE, USA
Integral abutment bridges (IABs) are becoming rather common due to the durability problems of bearings and expansion joints. Monolithic connections between the deck and sub-structure allow to increase the structure redundancy and reduce the maintenance costs. However, soil-structure effects are induced by thermal variations, long-term effects and seismic loads. Several authors have investigated the soil-structure interaction for IABs, but there is still a lack of common line guidelines and codes. This Special Session intends to provide a discussion platform for the exchange of knowledge concerning latest research developments on seismic behavior of IABs.