Researchers reinvent how bridges withstand earthquakes with new support column design

Bridges make it possible to get to places faster and more conveniently, but in the face of an earthquake these structures are subject to forces that can cause extensive damage. Petros Sideris, an assistant professor in the Zachry Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Texas A&M University, is leading a collaborative research effort funded by the National Science Foundation to investigate the performance of hybrid sliding-rocking columns, which provide the same support as conventional bridge infrastructure columns but are more earthquake-resistant.

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