An Intercontinental Hybrid Simulation Experiment for the Purposes of Seismic Assessment of a Three-Span R/C Bridge

Part of the Lecture Notes in Civil Engineering book series (LNCE, volume 2)


This study presents the challenges encountered in preparing and conducting hybrid experiments between E.U., U.S. and Canada in the framework of an FP7-funded European project focusing on the study of seismic soil-structure interaction effects in bridge structures. The test involved partners located on both sides of the Atlantic; each one assigned a numerical or a physical module of the sub-structured bridge. More precisely, the seismic response of a recently built, 99 m long, three-span, reinforced concrete bridge is assessed, after sub-structuring it into five structural components (modules); four of them being numerically analyzed in computers located in the cities of Thessaloniki (Greece), Patras (Greece), Urbana-Champaign. IL (U.S.) and Toronto (Canada) while an elastomeric bearing was physically tested in Patras (Greece). The results of the hybrid experiment, the challenges met during all stages of the campaign, as well as the feasibility, robustness and repetitiveness of the intercontinental hybrid simulation test are presented and critically discussed.


Hybrid testing Multi-platform simulation Bridges Earthquake engineering 



This work carried out was funded by the 7th Framework Programme of the European Commission, under the PIRSES-GA-2009-247567-EXCHANGE-SSI grant (Experimental and Computational Hybrid Assessment Network for Ground-Motion Excited Soil-Structure Interaction Systems,


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Division of Structural Engineering, Department of Civil EngineeringAristotle UniversityThessalonikiGreece
  2. 2.Department of Civil EngineeringUniversity of BristolBristolUK

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