751.9 Bridge Seismic Design
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Contents
 1 751.9.1 Seismic Analysis & Design Specifications
 1.1 751.9.1.1 Applicability of Guidelines
 1.2 751.9.1.2 Seismic Design Philosophy
 1.3 751.9.1.3 Seismic Design Force Concepts
 1.4 751.9.1.4 Seismic Performance Category (SPC), Acceleration Coefficient (A)
 1.5 751.9.1.5 Elastic and Plastic Design
 1.6 751.9.1.6 Structural Analysis Model
 1.7 751.9.1.7 Directional Load Cases
 1.8 751.9.1.8 Group Loading
 1.9 751.9.1.9 Seismic Performance Category Specifications
 2 751.9.2 Seismic Analysis Model
 2.1 751.9.2.1 Flowchart of Seismic Analysis Procedure
 2.2 751.9.2.2 Checklist for Seismic Computations
 2.3 751.9.2.3 Minimum Support Length
 2.4 751.9.2.4 Material Properties
 2.5 751.9.2.5 Liquifaction
 2.6 751.9.2.6 Spring Constants
 2.6.1 751.9.2.6.1 Modeling Abutment Stiffnesses
 2.6.2 751.9.2.6.2 Abutment Stiffness, Wilson Equations
 2.6.3 751.9.2.6.3 Pile Axial Stiffness
 2.6.4 751.9.2.6.4 Pile Lateral and Rotational Stiffness, (py curves)
 2.6.5 751.9.2.6.5 Pile Lateral and Rotational Stiffness  Linear Subgrade Modulus Method
 2.6.6 751.9.2.6.6 Drilled Shaft Lateral and Rotational Stiffnesses
 2.6.7 751.9.2.6.7 Spread Footing Stiffness, Equivalent Circular Footing Method
 2.7 751.9.2.7 Rigid Body Transformation
 2.7.1 751.9.2.7.1 Joint Definition and Degrees of Freedom
 2.7.2 751.9.2.7.2 Rigid Body Constraints
 2.7.3 751.9.2.7.3 Spring Element Coordinate System (ECS)
 2.7.4 751.9.2.7.4 Transferring Element Force Matrices
 2.7.5 751.9.2.7.5 Transferring the Element Stiffness Matrix at Slave Joint “i” in its ECS to Master Joint in the JCS Direction
 2.8 751.9.2.8 Modeling of Intermediate Pile Cap and Drilled Shaft Bents
 2.9 751.9.2.9 Modeling of Pile (Drilled Shaft) Footings
 2.10 751.9.2.10 Iterative Abutment Analysis
 3 751.9.3 Seismic Design Procedure
 3.1 751.9.3.1 Connection Design
 3.1.1 751.9.3.1.1 Anchor Bolts
 3.1.2 751.9.3.1.2 Dowel Bars
 3.1.3 751.9.3.1.3 Restrainers
 3.1.4 751.9.3.1.4 Concrete Shear Blocks
 3.1.5 751.9.3.1.5 Concrete End Diaphragms
 3.1.6 751.9.3.1.6 Seismic Isolation Bearings
 3.1.7 751.9.3.1.7 T Joint Connections
 3.1.8 751.9.3.1.8 Anchorage of Piles for Seismic B, C and D
 3.2 751.9.3.2 Abutment Component Design
 3.3 751.9.3.3 Intermediate Bent Design
 3.4 751.9.3.4 Cross Frame Analysis and Design
 3.1 751.9.3.1 Connection Design
 4 751.9.4 References
751.9.1 Seismic Analysis & Design Specifications
Additional Information 
Bridge Seismic Design Process Flowchart 
Seismic design of bridges shall conform to AASHTO Division IA, 1996 and Interims thru 1998. (Refer also to the 1998 Commentary for Division IA.) Seismic retrofitting of existing bridges shall conform to the Seismic Retrofitting Manual for Highway Bridges, FHWARD94052, May 1995. Seismic isolation systems shall conform to AASHTO Guide Specifications for Seismic Isolation Design, 1999.
751.9.1.1 Applicability of Guidelines
Additional Information 
AASHTO Div. IA, 3.1 
EPG 751.9 supplements the above documentation and does not apply to culverts, movable bridges, bridges with spans greater than 500 ft., suspension bridges, cablestayed bridges, or archtype bridges. There are special considerations for singlespan bridges, temporary bridges and bridges with stage construction.
Additional Information 
AASHTO Div. IA, 3.11 and 3.12 
751.9.1.2 Seismic Design Philosophy
Bridges may suffer damage but should have a low probability of collapse. Hazard to human life should be minimized, and essential bridges should continue to function after an earthquake. Bridges are designed for good ductility and displacement control and are allowed to suffer minor, acceptable damage in order to prevent major, unacceptable damage.
Additional Information 
AASHTO Div. IA, 3.6 
751.9.1.3 Seismic Design Force Concepts
As shown in Fig. 751.9.1.3.1(a), a two span bridge can be modeled as a single–degreeoffreedom lumpedmass system (Fig. 751.9.1.3.1(b)). For a single degreeoffreedom lumpedmass system, the total elastic seismic design force is equal to
 F = m x c_{s} x g
where:
 m is the total structural mass
 c_{s} is the elastic seismic response coefficient
 g is the gravitational acceleration constant
The elastic seismic response coefficient is given by the dimensionless formula
AASHTO Div. IA, Equation 31 
where:
 A = the acceleration coefficient on rock from AASHTO Division IA, Article 3.2; the acceleration coefficients for Missouri are shown in Fig. 751.9.1.3.3.
 S = the dimensionless coefficient for the soil profile characteristics of the site as given in Article 3.5. S = 1.0, 1.2, 1.5, and 2.0 for soil profile type I, II, III, and IV respectively.
 T = the fundamental period of the bridge,
 where: k is the structural lateral stiffness
 m is the structural mass
The elastic design acceleration spectra shown in Fig. 751.9.1.3.2 is a plot of structural period T versus the maximum acceleration quantity of the structure. For example: a bridge with the foundation period T_{1} is subjected to an earthquake having a rock acceleration of . The maximum acceleration of this bridge during the whole seismic excitation will be (see Fig. 751.9.1.3.2).
From Fig. 751.9.1.3.1, it can be seen that the acceleration of soil is larger than the acceleration of rock by an amplification factor S. Soil type is important to the evaluation of ground acceleration. From Figs. 751.9.1.3.1 and 751.9.1.3.2, stated briefly, the design acceleration spectrum is a plot of the maximum acceleration to a specified seismic load for all possible single degreeoffreedom systems.
Using the above mentioned concept, AASHTO considers four analysis procedures to calculate elastic earthquake design force for the Multiple Degree of Freedom (MDOF) System in order of increasing complexity. Theses are:
 Procedure 1 – Uniform Load Method
 Procedure 2 – SingleMode Spectral Method
 Procedure 3 – MultiMode Spectral Method
 Procedure 4 – Time History Method
MoDOT practice is to use the MultiMode Method for all bridges, because the Uniform Load and SingleMode Methods are inadequate for irregular bridges and the Time History Method requires an excessive level of numerical integration time and time history records being used. A seismic structural analysis program, such as SEISAB, performs a linear elastic multimode response spectrum analysis, accounting also for inertial effects, damping, and modal combination, and determines seismic forces and displacements at individual joints and members.
In the Multimode Spectral Method, the seismic deign force, P, of a specific structural component can be calculated by taking the square root of the sum of the squares (SRSS) or the complete quadratic combination (CQC) of the design for P_{i} corresponding to the i^{th} mode of the structural component.
 SRSS approach:
 CQC approach:
 where:
 and
 where:
where n = the total number of modes of structure considered, P_{i} is calculated according to seismic design force F_{i} which is the design force corresponding to the structural i^{th} mode with fundamental period of T_{i} and seismic response coefficient of C_{si}, P_{i} and F_{i} represent internal force of individual structural component and external seismic force applied to the structure respectively, P_{j} is similar to P_{i} , α_{ij} is the crosscorrelation coefficient indicating the crosscorrelation between modes i and j, w_{i} is the natural frequencies corresponding to the i^{th} mode and ρ is the damping ratio (i.e. 0.05). For more detailed descriptions of procedures 1, 2, 3, and 4, see AASHTO Division IA 4.34.6 and for a more detailed description of how to calculate P_{i} and F_{i}, see AASHTO Division IA Commentary C.4.5.4.
For Seismic Performance Category (SPC) A, the above mentioned analysis procedure is not required.
For a regular bridge in SPC B, C, or D, procedure 1 and 2 are the minimum required analysis methods, procedure 3 is strongly recommended. A regular bridge, as described in AASHTO Division IA, 4.2 has fewer than seven spans, no abrupt changes in weight, stiffness, or geometry and no large change in these parameters from span to span, or support to support (abutments excluded). Any bridge not satisfying the definition of a regular bridge is considered to be irregular. For an irregular bridge, procedure 3 must be used. The designer may use procedure 4 in place of procedure 3 if so desired.
Multimode spectral analysis is recommended for most bridges. Time History analysis is generally not recommended because its application requires considerable engineering judgement and experience.
751.9.1.4 Seismic Performance Category (SPC), Acceleration Coefficient (A)
Additional Information 
AASHTO Div. IA, 3.23.4, and foldout map (Figure 1.5) at back of Division IA 
Missouri is divided into four Seismic Performance Categories (SPC A, B, C and D, see Fig. 751.9.1.3.3, based on Acceleration Coefficients (A). The map for SPC and rock acceleration A is based on a 90% probability that the horizontal rock acceleration will not be exceeded in the 50year lifetime of the bridge, corresponding to a return period of 475 years. For Missouri, the maximum A=0.36. For bridges with A > 0.29, an additional factor called Importance Classification (IC) is used to distinguish between SPC C and D.
751.9.1.5 Elastic and Plastic Design
Additional Information 
AASHTO Div. IA, 3.7 
In some cases, bridges can resist seismic forces elastically, that is, without permanent deformations. In other cases, it is not economical to design a bridge for elastic behavior under seismic loading, so the bridge may be designed for inelastic (plastic) behavior. However, plastic design requires careful detailing to ensure ductility and connections with higher energy absorption characteristics. Plastic behavior is nonlinear, but AASHTO Division IA allows an approximate analysis procedure using a linear elastic analysis along with the application of a response modification factor (R) to account for the assumed level of ductility and redundancy. This allows the use of linear elastic analysis programs such as SEISAB (or any other seismic analysis program). Response modification factors are specified in AASHTO 1A, Article 3.7. An example of ductility demand is described below:
Additional Information 
AASHTO Div. IA, 1992 Commentary C3.6 
 In an elastic seismic analysis, a column in a multiplecolumn bent is subjected to an elastic moment, M_{e} , and a rotation, θ_{max} at the bottom of the column. The dashed line in Figure 751.9.1.5 represents the elastic moment demand. If plastic behavior is allowed and a maximum ductility factor, μ, equal to 5 is used, then . The column is then sized so that its plastic moment capacity, M_{p}, is greater than or equal to the modified elastic moment, M_{ME}, such that . This is based on the assumption that the deformations produced by a given seismic input force, F, are essentially the same for both elastic column behavior and for column yielding behavior at a ductility demand of μ = 5. Response modification factors (R) are allowed because of component ductility capacity and because of redundancy provided by adjacent columns, piers, and abutments.
 rotation at bottom of column (elastic or plastic)
751.9.1.6 Structural Analysis Model
The bridge is usually modeled using idealized linear elements, connection nodes and lumped masses. The lumped masses are placed throughout the structure (see Fig. 751.9.1.6) to model the mass distribution (a mass matrix, [M]). Structural stiffness is approximated using linear springs for substructures (a stiffness matrix, [K]). A coefficient of damping is selected for the overall system (usually 5%, represented by a damping matrix, [C]). The displacements, velocities and accelerations of the system are represented by:
 and
vectors in the structural dynamic analysis equation as shown below:
 eq. 1
in which:
 {F_{eq}} is the seismic induced force vector
The development of multimode response spectrum analysis is based on the above dynamic equation.
 where: m1 ∼ m4 = Lumped Masses
 m1 = M2 / 4
 m2 = M2 / 4
 m3 = M2 / 4
 m4 = M2 / 8
 where M2 = total mass of span 2
 where: m1 ∼ m4 = Lumped Masses
751.9.1.7 Directional Load Cases
The AASHTO Div. IA specifications specify two major load cases to provide for combinations of longitudinal and transverse seismic forces:
Additional Information 
AASHTO Div. IA, 3.9 
 Case I = L + 0.3*T (This is loading case 3 in SEISAB.)
 Case II = 0.3*L + T (This is loading case 4 in SEISAB.)
751.9.1.8 Group Loading
The group loading includes dead load (D), earth pressure (E) and seismic (EQ) loads, and other possible loadings such as buoyancy (B) and stream flow pressure (SF). Thus:
Additional Information 
AASHTO Div. IA, 6.2 and 7.2 
 Group Load = 1.0*(D+B+SF+E+EQ),
This is to be considered as a Load Factor group loading, but it may also be considered as a Service Load if the allowable overstresses in Division IA are used. Wind and temperature loads are not included in this group and need not be applied simultaneously with seismic loads.
751.9.1.9 Seismic Performance Category Specifications
Additional Information 
AASHTO Div. IA, Sections 5, 6 and 7 
Each Seismic Performance Category has its own seismic specifications. All categories require minimum support lengths at expansion gaps and adequate connections between superstructure and substructure. Categories B, C and D have additional specifications concerning foundations, abutments, special pile requirements, column design and footing design. See AASHTO Division IA for details of specifications.
751.9.2 Seismic Analysis Model
751.9.2.1 Flowchart of Seismic Analysis Procedure
751.9.2.2 Checklist for Seismic Computations
See Fig. 751.9.2.1.
0) GROUP IVI DESIGN
 ____ The bridge should have already been designed for Group IVI loads.
 ____ If expansion gaps are present, check seismic support lengths EPG 751.9.2.3.
1) SOIL PROPERTIES
 ____ Determine the soil properties at each bent as a function of depth at each bent EPG 751.9.2.4.
 ____ Check the factor of safety against liquefaction EPG 751.9.2.5, for all layers of soil that might liquefy, before determining all spring constants.
2) STIFFNESSES
 ____ Determine the stiffnesses at applicable piles, footings and abutments using the approved stiffness methods EPG 751.9.2.6.
3) RIGID BODY TRANSFORMATION (Stiffnesses)
 ____ Use RBT to compute the equivalent master joint stiffness matrix at abutments and pile footings EPG 751.9.2.7.
4) SEISMIC STRUCTURAL ANALYSIS PROGRAM
 ____ Prepare the input for the SEISAB, SAP2000 or any seismic analysis program, and run the program to perform a seismic analysis.
5) RIGID BODY TRANSFORMATION (Forces)
 ____ Use RBT and the master joint's force output from the Seismic Structural Analysis Program to compute the individual element forces at the original local slave joints EPG 751.9.2.7.
6) ITERATIVE ABUTMENT ANALYSIS
 ____ Check soil pressures and pile stresses against allowables as described in the iterative abutment analysis flowchart EPG 751.9.2.10. If necessary, either perform remedial actions or reduce the spring constants and iterate until pressures and stresses are within allowable limits.
 ____ When abutment element forces are OK, check resultant abutment displacement against the allowable. If the displacement is excessive, perform remedial actions and iterate until displacements are within allowable limits (EPG 751.9.2.10).
7) CONNECTION DESIGN EPG 751.9.3.1
 ____ Design any required connections such as anchor bolts, dowel bars, restrainers, stud plates, shear blocks, concrete end diaphragms, isolation systems, Tjoints, etc. If structural behavior changes as a result of connection design, then revise and repeat any applicable steps listed above.
8) ABUTMENT COMPONENT DESIGN EPG 751.9.3.2
Wings (Integral & NonIntegral Abutments)
 ____ Design wings for shear and flexural reinforcement.
NonIntegral Abutments
 ____ Check stability using the MononobeOkabe active pressure.
 ____ Design the backwall thickness and flexural bars for shear and moment from active seismic pressure, restrainer forces and deadman anchor forces.
 If abutment behavior changes as a result of abutment component design, then revise and repeat any applicable steps listed above.
9) INTERMEDIATE BENT DESIGN
 ____ Complete steps 06 before designing the intermediate bents. See EPG 751.9.3.3.1 and EPG 751.9.3.3.2 for definitions of terms below.
Column & Footing Intermediate Bents EPG 751.9.3.3.1
 ____ First, try to design the columns, footings and beam for the full elastic demand forces. If elastic design fails, then size the columns for modified elastic demand forces, and design footings and beam for the overstrength plastic capacity of that column size. Check Tjoint stresses.
Pile Caps Intermediate Bents EPG 751.9.3.3.2
 ____ First, try to design the piles and beam for the full elastic demand forces. If elastic design fails, then design the pile for modified elastic demand forces, and design the beam for the overstrength plastic capacity of that pile size. Check Tjoint stresses.
Drilled Shaft Intermediate Bents EPG 751.9.3.3.3
 ____ First, design the columns, shafts and beam for the full elastic demand forces. If elastic design fails, then size the columns for modified elastic demand forces, and design shafts and beam for the overstrength plastic capacity of that column size. Check Tjoint stresses.
751.9.2.3 Minimum Support Length
Additional Information 
AASHTO Div. IA, 3.10 and AASHTO Div. IA, 5.3, 6.3, 7.3 
At expansion gaps (near abutments, intermediate bents and hinges), the substructure must accommodate differential seismic displacements between the substructure and the superstructure. The minimum support length capacity, N(c), of the substructure beam shall meet or exceed the minimum support length demand, N(d), of the superstructure girders.
 N(c) > = N(d)
At fixed bents, minimum support length need not be calculated.
Seismic Performance Categories A & B
 English Units
 N(d) = [8 + 0.02*L + 0.08*H]*(1 + 0.000125 S^{2} ), (inches)
 Metric Units
 N(d) = [203 + 1.67*L + 6.66*H]*(1 + 0.000125 S^{2} ), (mm)
Seismic Performance Categories C & D
 English Units
 N(d) = [12 + 0.03*L + 0.12*H]*(1 + 0.000125 S^{2}), (inches)
 Metric Units
 N(d) = [305 + 2.5*L + 10*H]*(1 + 0.000125 S^{2} ), (mm)
Additional Information 
AASHTO Div. IA, 3.10 
Term Definitions for SPC A, B, C and D:
 N(d) = minimum support length demand, in inches or mm
 L = in feet or meters, as defined below
 L = length of the bridge deck unit to the adjacent expansion joint or to the end of the bridge deck. For hinges within a span, L shall be the sum of , the distances to either side of the hinge. For single span bridges, L equals the length of the bridge deck. Units of L are feet or meters.
 H = in feet or meters, as defined below:
 H = (For abutments) The average height, from the c.g of the superstructure to the c.g. of the footing, for all bents supporting the bridge deck to the next expansion joint. H = 0 for single span bridges.
 H = (For column intermediate bents) The height from the c.g. of the superstructure to the c.g. of the average footing at the expansion bent only.
 H = (For pile cap & drilled shaft intermediate bents) The height from the c.g. of the superstructure to a point 5 times the pile diameter below the groundline, at the expansion bent only.
 H = (For hinges within a span) The average height, from the c.g. of the superstructure to c.g. of the footing, for the two bents adjacent to the hinge.
 S = Skew angle of the support, measured from a line normal to the span, in degrees.
 N(c) = The shortest distance (in any direction) from the end of the girder and the edge of the substructure beam, in inches or mm, measure normal to the face of the substructure beam.
751.9.2.4 Material Properties
751.9.2.4.1 Soil Properties
Soil Profiles
From the boring data in the design layout file, determine the soil properties at known cores and borings. Cores describe soil types in each soil layer plus soil property test data at regular depth increments (usually 5 feet). Borings only describe soil types in each soil layer, without the test data. When soil properties are not welldocumented at all bent locations, estimate soil properties based on the best available information. On a profile sheet, draw the cores and borings to scale at their appropriate stations and elevations. Match up soil types from borings to estimate properties from cores, or use linear interpolation between known cores.
Standard Penetration Test (SPT)
The most common test data reported in cores are Standard Penetration Test(SPT) blowcounts per foot (N). If only SPT data are known, other properties such as N, φ, c (same as S), γ, E, ν, and other soil properties can be estimated using correlation charts. Correlations with N blowcounts are fairly reliable for sands, but are less reliable for clays. The SPT blowcounts are given for three 6 in. intervals, and the first datum is thrown out in order to avoid seating errors. The soil shear strength, in KSF, can be estimated as S = N / 10. Hereafter, N represents (N_{1})_{60} which represents the standard penetration test blowcounts corrected to 60% of the theoretical free fall energy delivered by the hammer system used to the top of the drill stem and to a overburden stress of 1 ton/ft^{2}.
Note: Common soil property correlations are maintained in the Bridge Division, Development Section, prepared by Construction and Materials Division, Geotechnical Section.
 Example:
 Given: SPT data = 6 / 9 / 8 in 6in. increment layers
 Compute: Soil Shear strength in KSF
 The 6 blows for the first 6 in. are ignored.
 N = (9 in 6") + (8 in 6") = (17 blows per 12") = 17 blows/foot.
 S = N / 10 = 17 / 10 = 1.7 KSF = Soil Shear Strength
The standardized penetration resistance (N_{1})_{60} is based on standardized equipment and procedure (E. Kavazanjian, etc., 1997). Other “nonstandard” equipment and procedural details can affect the measured penetration resistance, and require correction of the blow counts in order to develop the (N_{1})_{60}. The details of corrections can be found in the reference by E. Kavazanjian, etc., 1997.
Form 751.9.2.4.1.1, Soil Parameter Request Form 
MoDOT soils specialists perform the SPT tests and provide corrected penetration resistance (N_{1})_{60}. (N_{1})_{60} is included in the standard soil parameters request form as shown in Form 751.9.2.4.1.1. This form shall be used to request soil parameters in the request for soundings.
Compacted Backfill at Abutments
Additional Information 
Sec. 203.3.4 and Sec. 206.4.9 
Backfill at abutments shall be compacted to 95% of maximum density, and it may consist of sands, clays, silts, gravels or a mixture. Call the district and ask what type of borrow soil will be used for compacted fill at abutments. Soil property correlations may be used for estimating Young's Modulus (E).
Ultimate Soil Pressure at Abutments For integral and nonintegral end bents, use 7.7 KSF as the ultimate soil pressure. This is based on CalTrans' recommendations, usage by other state DOTs, and tests performed at the University of California at Davis.
751.9.2.4.2 Concrete Properties
The concrete compression strength, f’c, should be a probable, rather than a minimum. 1.5 f’c shall be used in the seismic analysis. This over the specified strength recognizes the typically conservative mix designs and the natural strength gain with concrete age.
The flexural rigidity of columns, beam cap and c.i.p. piles should be calculated based on the cracked sections, rather than gross member section. Natural periods should also be based on the cracked sections. The flexural rigidity of the cracked section is defined as the rigidity at which the first steel rebar reaches the yield limit state.
Figure 751.9.2.4.2 shows the moment of inertia ratio, Ie/Ig, for circular and rectangular columns.
 In Fig. 751.9.2.4.2:
 A_{g} = gross section area
 A_{st} = steel section area
 I_{g} = gross moment of inertia
 I_{e} = effective moment of inertia of cracked section
 f'c = compressive strength of unconfined concrete
 P = applied axial compressive load
 In Fig. 751.9.2.4.2:
751.9.2.4.3 Steel Properties
Yield strength of reinforcement should be based on mill certificate or tensile test results if available. If not, a nominal strength of 1.1 times the specified minimum strength should be assumed, resulting in 66 ksi yield strength for grade 60 reinforcement. (Priestly et al,1996; FHWA, 1995)
751.9.2.5 Liquifaction
Conditions for Liquefaction
Additional Information 
Volume II of report #FHWA/RD86/102, sections 4.24.3 
When subjected to seismic ground motions, some soils tend to liquefy  that is, to lose most of their shear strength. When ground shaking is intense and of long duration, soil pore pressures can build up and exceed the intergranular stress, causing loss of grain contact and loss of cohesion. Liquefaction of soil can lead to extremely large displacements and dramatic structural failure. Some highrisk factors for liquefaction might include:
 Water Table Location = below water table, saturated, or water content greater than 0.9 * Liquid Limit,
 Soil type = poorlydrained cohesionless soils or nonplastic silts with Liquid Limit < 35%,
 Soil gradation = uniformlygraded and fine particle size, low percentage of plastic fines (< 5%),
 Relative Density = loose, with relative density, DR < 50%,
 Confining pressure = low confinement pressure, in top 50 ft. of soil,
 Intensity of ground shaking = exceeding critical acceleration levels, close to epicenter,
 Duration of shaking = long duration, numerous cycles.
When to Check Liquefaction
Additional Information 
AASHTO Div. IA, 1992 Commentary, C6.3.1(A), C6.4.1(A), C6.5.1(A) 
The Soil Report should include the factor of safety against liquefaction, but if it is not the bridge designers should calculate the factor of safety against liquefaction for each saturated (submerged under the water table) soil layer at each bent. Do not check compacted abutment fill near vertical end drains. If the factor of safety against liquefaction is less than 1.3, then consider the possibility of liquefaction as explained in Step 3 below. If both the designer and checker agree that the factor of safety against liquefaction is less than 1.0, then consult the Structural Project Manager about the possibility of lengthening piles, increasing pile sizes, or soil strengthening measures.
Step 1:
Compute the seismicallyinduced (active) cyclic stress ratio, .
 = average earthquakeinduced shear stress on the sand layer under consideration, psf.
 = initial effective overburden pressure, psf (Use γ' = γ_{t}  γ_{w}, below the watertable, where γ_{w} = 62.4 pcf).
 A = Acceleration Coefficient
 = total stress at midlayer of soil, psf, = Σγ_{t}*H_{t} for each layer from the ground surface down to the layer being investigated.
 r_{d} = a stress reduction factor varying from 1.0 at ground surface to 0.9 at about 30 ft. deep, remaining at 0.9 for depths below 30 ft.
Step 2: Determine the (resistive) cyclic stress ratio, , as described below.
From Fig. 751.9.2.5.1, enter with (N_{1})_{60} and M, and determine the (resistive) cyclic stress ratio, . (N_{1})_{60} is described in EPG 751.9.2.4.
In the absence of getting a Richter magnitude, M, from the geotechnical engineer, the USGS deaggregation map can be used or the following table may also be used, where “A” represents the design acceleration coefficient.
A = 0.04g  M = 4.25 
A = 0.08g  M = 4.75 
A = 0.16g  M = 5.75 
A = 0.33g  M = 7.00 
A = 0.50g  M = 8.50 
The USGS deaggregation maps are available at http://eqint.cr.usgs.gov/deaggint/.
Step 3:
Calculate the factor of safety against liquefaction.
 FS = ≥ 1.3 (desired) or 1.0 (required)
If FS ≥ 1.3, then analyze the bridge on the assumption that liquefaction will not occur. If FS < 1.3, then assume liquefaction might occur within the layer under consideration: this consists of running two seismic analyses to design the bridge for both possibilities of: a) liquefaction and b) no liquefaction. Note that superstructures may be subject to large lateral movement when soil liquefation is considered in the seismic analysis. Hence, expansion bearings shall be designed to tolerate these movements. For CIP concrete piles, determine the maximum pile moment and depth, with and without liquefaction, and design reinforcement down to the development length below that depth, as necessary.
Additional Information 
AASHTO Div. IA, 6.4.2(C), 7.4.2(C) 
The residual strength of the liquefied soil layer may be considered. The calculation of residual strength is described below.
Residual Strength
Liquified soil has a residual shear strength, Sr, which can be considered for the pile stiffness computations. When not enough information is available, use a residual strength of zero. The residual shear strength shall not be more than the nonliquefied shear strength.
The residual shear strength of liquefied soil can be estimated by using the corrected penetration resistance, (N_{1})_{60}, as described previously, but with an additional correction factor, Ncorr, for fines contents to generate an equivalent “clean sand” blowcount value (N_{1})_{60CS} = (N_{1})_{60} + N_{corr}, where N_{corr} are shown in Table 751.9.2.5.
Table 751.9.2.5 Corrections to Blowcounts for Percent Fines (N_{corr})  

Percent Fines  N_{corr} (blows/ft) 
10%  1 
25%  2 
50%  4 
75%  5 
Figure 751.9.2.5.2 presents an updated correlation between S_{r} and (N_{1})_{60CS} (FHWASA97076, 1997). For (N_{1})_{60CS} > 16 blows, continue the curve as a straight line at the same slope as at 16 blows.
751.9.2.6 Spring Constants
751.9.2.6.1 Modeling Abutment Stiffnesses
"FullZero" Abutment Stiffnesses
For the "fullzero" stiffness approach, one abutment's backfill is in compression (full soil springs are engaged) while the other abutment's backfill is in tension (this backwall soil spring is zero because soil tensile strength is negligible. Note that although the backwall soil stiffness is zero, the pile, beam and wing stiffnesses are NOT zero.) To account for compression and tension at both abutments, two Seismic Structural Analysis programs are required:
 (Program # 1) Use full springs at all pile and soil springs, except set the backwall spring equal to zero at the FIRST abutment only, and
 (Program # 2) Use springs at all pile and soil springs, except set the backwall spring equal to zero at the SECOND abutment only.
For analyzing and designing the structure, use the worst case forces from these two models. When these "fullzero" models are used, the resulting longitudinal abutment soil force does not require adjustment as it would in the "halfhalf" model.
"HalfHalf" Abutment Stiffnesses
For skewed bridges, the "halfhalf" method should not be used. For the "halfhalf" stiffness approach, half of the backwall soil stiffness is used at each abutment, in addition to the full stiffnesses at all other abutment spring elements (piles, beams, wings, etc.). After the seismic analysis, the "halfhalf" method also requires doubling the backwall force.
NonIntegral Abutments
For nonintegral abutments with restrainers, three separate Seismic Structural Analysis Programs are required:
 (1) With restrainer elements only on the first abutment: This model covers movement toward the last abutment.
 (2) With restrainer elements only on the last abutment: This model covers movement toward the first abutment.
 (3) Without restrainer elements: With no restrainers, the components of the springs that are longitudinal with respect to the bridge centerline will have no effect.
PointofFixity Approximations for Piles
Avoid using the pointoffixity formulas (U.S. Steel Design Handbook, 1965 & NHI Course No. 13063, 1996). Stiffnesses based on estimated points of fixity are not recommended, for several reasons:
a) For standard integral pile cap END bents, there is DOUBLEcurvature bending in both directions. The pointoffixity formulas were apparently derived for SINGLEcurvature bending, so the formulas should not be used for most standard integral end bents.
b) For standard INTERMEDIATE bents, outofplane bending is usually singlecurvature, and inplane bending is usually doublecurvature, and one fixity length cannot model the different bending cases in both directions at the same time. Therefore, the pointoffixity formulas should not be used for most standard intermediate bents.
c) The pointoffixity formulas also assume homogeneous soil (no layers). When piles or drilled shafts penetrate through multiple varying soil layers, or when the water table is near the top of the pile head, use programs such as SPILE and COM624P because of their more accurate analyses and their more detailed soil layer geometries.
d) It is virtually impossible to select a point of fixity such that both the maximum deflection and maximum bending both were computed correctly.
751.9.2.6.2 Abutment Stiffness, Wilson Equations
Abutment Soil Types
 Compacted Backfill: Wings, Backwall and possibly Beam
Additional Information 
Sec. 203.3.4 and Sec. 206.4.9 
 Call the district to determine the type of borrow soil that will most likely be used as abutment backfill. When estimating soil properties (see EPG 751.9.2.4), consider that backfill is compacted to 95% maximum density, so assume dense or stiff conditions.
 Natural (insitu): possibly Beam
 Use available boring data for estimating soil deposit properties.
Abutment Spring Types
Spring Location  Direction of Spring  Type of Soil at Location 

____ Backwall  Horizontal, normal to backwall  Compacted backfill 
____ Beam  Vertically downward  Insitu? or compacted? 
____ Wings  Horizontal, normal to wing  Compacted backfill 
Wilson Equations (Wilson, 1988) For translational and rotational stiffnesses on platelike elements such as backwalls, wings and beams, use the Wilson equations:
 Translation normal to the plane
 , kip/ft.
 Rotation about the transverse axis (yaxis)
 , kip * ft/radian.
 Rotation about the longitudinal axis (xaxis)
 , kip * ft/radian.
 The axis orientation for each element used to determine K_{θx} and K_{θy} is shown in Fig. 751.9.2.6.2 Element Orientation, below. If K is reduced as in EPG 751.9.2.10 Iterative Abutment Analysis, then K_{θ} must also be reduced.
 K = estimated equivalent linear stiffness for translation, kip/ft.
 K_{θ} = estimated equivalent linear stiffness for rotation, kip*ft/radian
 E = Young's Modulus of soil at spring location, either for insitu soil or for compacted backfill, ksf
 L = length of item, ft.
 For backwall, L = length of backwall along skew, to inside wing face
 For wings, L = inside layout length of wing
 For beams, L = skewed length of beam along cl. beam
 = Poisson's Ratio of soil at spring location, either natural or compacted
 = Shape factor for soil contact area
 B = height or width of item, ft.
 For backwall, B = height from top of slab to bottom of beam
 For wings, B = equivalent height of wing = (wing area)/(wing L) For beams, B = beam width normal to beam
751.9.2.6.3 Pile Axial Stiffness
General Procedure
1) From the boring data and the bridge profile plot, determine the SPT blowcounts along the pile length.
2) Determine the soil properties required for the SPILE computer program or any other computer programs based on the methods presented by Nordlund (1963,1979), Thompson (1964), Meyerhoff (1976), Cheney and Chassie (1982), and Tomlison (1979,1985). Assume that the groundwater table is at the Normal Water Surface Elevation.
3) Run the SPILE program (Urzua,1993) or other programs using the methods described above to determine Q_{b} and Q_{f}.
4) Determine the axial pile stiffness, K, as described below for friction piles and bearing piles (Lam and Martin, 1986).
Friction Piles
Q_{u} = the ultimate axial pile capacity, in kips (or tons)
Q_{f} = the ultimate friction capacity from SPILE, in kips (or tons)
Q_{b} = the ultimate bearing capacity from SPILE, in kips (or tons)
For steel HP friction piles, use the box perimeter for friction, but use the HP steel area for bearing.
 In compression, Q_{u}= Q_{f} + Q_{b}
 In tension, Q_{u} = Q_{f} because Q_{b} = zero.
The typical pile resistance – displacement relationship is shown in Figure 751.9.2.6.3.
At a displacement, z, at which the pile capacity is less than the ultimate capacity (q < Q_{u} ), the partial capacity, q, is equal to the sum of the partial friction capacity, f, and the partial bearing capacity, b.
q = f + b, in kips
f = friction mobilized along a pile segment at a displacement, z ≤ z_{c}
, kips
z_{c} = the critical displacement of the pile segment at which Q_{f} is fully mobilized. Use z_{c} = 0.2 in.
b = tip resistance mobilized at a displacement, z ≤ z'_{c}
, kips
z'_{c} = the critical pile displacement at which Q_{b} is fully mobilized.
Use z'_{c} = 0.05*D, inches
D = least pile dimension (D = diameter for C.I.P. piles), inches
However, the pile itself will deform, also. This pile deformation or pile compliance, δ, should be included in the pile resistance – displacement curve as shown in Fig. 751.9.2.6.3.
pile compliance = pile deformation, inches
q = f + b = compressive axial load corresponding to a pile displacement z, kips
L = total friction length of the pile in the soil, inches
AE = For concrete C.I.P. piles, AE = A_{c}E_{c}+A_{s}E_{s}, kips.
 For steel HP piles, AE = A_{s}E_{s}, kips.
From Figure 751.9.2.6.3, it can be seen that the pile axial loadaxial deformation curve is nonlinear. If response spectrum method is considered in the analysis, the secant modulus stiffness is used. The secant modulus stiffness, K_{s}, is defined as the slope between two points at which the axial loads are equal to zero and Q_{u}/2. For regular highway bridge foundation piles, typical levels of cyclic compression loading would be from 50 to 70% of Q_{u}.
Steel HP Bearing Piles
In compression, Q_{f} = 0, because bearing piles bear directly on rock.
In tension, Q_{f} = the ultimate friction capacity of the pile.
Q_{b} = the ultimate bearing capacity, in kips (or tons)
 Q_{b} = 0.25 * f_{y} * A_{s} (AASHTO 4.5.7.3), where:
 A_{s} = the HP steel pile area, in square inches
 f_{y} = yield stress of the pile steel, in ksi
In compression, Q_{u} = Q_{b}, because Q_{f} = zero.
In tension, Q_{u} = Q_{f}, because Q_{b} = zero.
The pile is more often in compression due to preloading from dead load, so the pile axial spring constant can be calculated as:
where:
AE = A_{s}E_{s}, kips, using the HP steel area, square inches.
L = total length of pile between the pile cap and the point of bearing on rock, inches.
Pile Group Effects
Design pile footings with a center to center spacing of more than or equal to 3 pile diameters.
a) Pile group capacity in cohesionless soils: The ultimate group capacity for driven piles in cohesionless soils can be taken as the sum of the individual ultimate pile capacities.
b) Pile group capacity in cohesive soils:
 1) For pile groups driven in clays with c ≤ 14 psi, a group efficiency of 0.7 (i.e. use 70% of the sum of the individual ultimate pile capacities) for center to center pile spacings of three times the pile diameter. If the center to center pile spacing is greater than 6 times the pile diameter, a group efficiency of 1.0 may be used. Linear interpolations should be used for intermediate center to center pile spacings.
 2) For pile groups driven in clays with c > 14 psi, a group efficiency of 1.0 may be used.
751.9.2.6.4 Pile Lateral and Rotational Stiffness, (py curves)
Calculating Stiffnesses
The pile lateral translational spring constants are determined using estimated soil properties and the COM624P computer program (Wang and Reese, 1993) or any other programs that utilize nonlinear py curves for either single piles or a pile group.
1) First, set up the soil depth profile at the pile location. Use the boring data and the bridge profile plot to determine the SPT blowcounts along the pile length.
2) For a given soil profile, the pile lateral forcelateral deflection curve at the top of pile (pile head) can be obtained by applying incremental lateral forces at the pile head, the program then calculates the corresponding lateral deflections at the pile head. The material nonlinearity of the pile is also considered in the program. Similarly, pile momentrotational curve at the top of pile can be obtained by the COM624P program.
Since the response spectrum method is based on linear analysis, the secant modulus stiffness is used to represent the equivalent linear stiffness. The secant modulus stiffness is defined as the slope between two points at which the lateral loads are equal to zero and P(M_{u})/2, where Mu is the ultimate moment capacity of the pile; P(M_{u}) represents the lateral load at which Mu is developed in the pile. The ultimate moment capacity of CIP pile or composite concretesteel shell pile is based on the limit state of concrete strain, ε_{c}=0.003 and the steel shell strain, ε_{s}=0.015. The ultimate moment capacity of steel HP pile is equal to the plastic moment, M_{p}, of the pile under constant axial load due to superstructure and substructure loads.
3) It should be recognized that using the secant stiffness approach (including axial, lateral, and rotational stiffness) in the seismic analysis is an approximation method to simplify the time consuming nonlinear dynamic analysis following the loaddeformation relationship of the pile head. In general, using the secant stiffness approach in conjunction with the pile stress check described in EPG 751.9.2.10 Iterative Abutment Analysis gives reasonable solutions in the design process without conducting an iterative procedure.
Example 6.1.2.6.4. Find the stiffness of an individual pile at the groundline level which represents the characteristics of the soil–pile interactions.
Description: A pilecap bent with four steel HP12 x 53 piles is shown in Fig. 751.9.2.6.4.1. The bent has skew of 54.5 degrees. For individual piles, the stiffnesses of pilesoil interaction are estimated using COM624P computer program, then these stiffnesses are used to form Point elements in the structural model as shown in Fig. 751.9.2.6.4.2. The point elements are located at the ground level which represent the characteristics of the pilesoil interactions.
The soil is classified as stiff clay with c = 2 ksf; γ= 0.069 pci; ε_{50}= 0.007; and k =400 pci, where c is the undrained shear strength of clay; γ is effective unit weight; ε_{50} is the strain corresponding to onehalf the maximum principle stress difference; and k is the variation of soil modulus.
In order to formulate the stiffnesses of pilesoil interaction, the computer program COM624P is used to obtain the translational, rotational and rotationaltranslational coupling stiffnesses for joints 9, 10, 11, and 12 (see Fig. 751.9.6.1.2.6.4.2). The COM624P output for fixed head and applied lateral forces in the y_{e} direction, hinge head and applied moment in the z_{e} direction, fixed head and applied lateral forces in the z_{e} direction, and hinge head and applied moments in the y_{e} direction are shown in the output files TEST5.OUT, TEST6.OUT, TEST5B.OUT, and TEST6B.OUT, respectively.
From the TEST5.out and TEST6.out outputs, the stiffnesses of point element S_{33} (or S(3,3)), S_{35} (or S(3,5)), S_{55}, S_{22}, S_{26}, and S_{66} can be calculated as follows:
a) For S_{33}:
Plastic moment M_{pye} = 1159.2 kin.
579.6 kin, which is close to M=548 kin in the SUMMARY TABLE of TEST5B.OUT
142.9 k/in.
b) For S_{35}:
3914 (kip/rad)in which δ is the lateral displacement at pile head.
c) For S_{55}:
Since 579.6 kin is close to 600 kin, S55 can be obtained from TEST6B.OUT as
Total rotation at top of the pile is θ_{ye}= 0.0123/5 = 0.0025 rad.
240000(kin/rad.)
6480(kip/rad.)
Since the program performs structural analysis using symmetric stiffness matrix, use average number for S_{35} and S_{53} approximately: S35 = S53 = (3914+6480)/2 = 5200 (kip/rad.)
d) For S_{22}:
Plastic moment M_{pze}= 2664 kipin.
M = (M_{pze})/2 = 1332 kipin. (From TEST5.OUT SUMMARY TABLE, it is between 1100 kin. and 1630 kin.)
159.2 (kip/in.)
e) For S_{26</sub:> }
6166 (kip/rad.)
f) For S_{66}:
Since 1332 kin. is closer to 1400 kin., the S_{66} can be obtained from TEST6.OUT as
Total rotation at top of the pile θ_{ze} = 0.0132/5 = 0.0026 rad.
538460 kin./rad.
10460 kip/rad.
Since the program performs structural analysis using symmetric stiffness matrix, use average number for S_{62} and S_{26} approximately: S_{26} = S_{62} = (−6166 − 10460)/2 = 8313 (kip/rad.)
g) For axial stiffness S_{11}: 1498.33 kip/in
h) For torsional stiffness S_{44}: GJ/L = (11100 x 1.12)/(25 x 12) = 41.44 kipin/rad. Usually, the torsional effect of an individual pile is insignificant for the multiplecolumn bent.
Therefore, the stiffness matrix of the pile at the groundline level corresponding to the pile element coordinate system (x_{e}, y_{e}, z_{e}) is:
Pile Group Effects:
Design pile footings with a center to center spacing of more than or equal to 3 pile diameters.
For center to center pile spacing of 3 pile diameters, it is suggested that a p multiplier, P_{m}, value of 0.8 be used to modify the py curve of individual piles along the lead row, 0.4 for the second row, and 0.3 for the third and subsequent rows. For larger center to center spacings, these P_{m} values should be conservative. Alternatively, using a P_{m} = 0.5 for all piles to represent the average adjustment factor is adequate in practical design for earthquake loadings. For center to center pile spacings of 6 pile diameters, the pile group effect can be neglected. For pile spacings between 3 and 6 pile diameters, us a linear interpolation between p multipliers of 0.5 and 1.0.
py Curves for Liquefied Soil:
The pmultiplier of 0.1 can be used for liquefied soil (MCEER Report 980018, 1998). If pmultipliers are not used, the residual shear strength of the liquefied soil can be used in accordance with EPG 751.9.2.5 where the soil type is determined from the residual shear strength soil property correlations that can be used for the py analysis.
751.9.2.6.5 Pile Lateral and Rotational Stiffness  Linear Subgrade Modulus Method
The lateral loaddeflection characteristics of the pilesoil system are mildly nonlinear. The elastic pile usually dominates the nonlinear soil stiffness. Furthermore, the significant soilpile interaction zone is usually confined to a depth at the upper 5 to 10 pile diameters. Therefore, simplified singlelayer pilehead stiffness design charts are appropriate for lateral loading. The stiffness charts shown in figures 6.1.2.6.51 – 6.1.2.6.54 make use of a discrete Winkler spring soil model in which stiffness increases linearly with depth from zero at grade level where the location of the pile head is assumed. This linear subgrade stiffness model has been found to reasonably fit pile load test data for both sand and clay soil conditions. The coefficient f in these figures is used to define the subgrade modulus E_{s} at depth z, representing the soil stiffness per unit pile length. Figs. 751.9.2.6.5.5 and 751.9.2.6.5.6 show f values for piles embedded in sand and clay respectively (assuming elastic pile). For the purpose of selecting an appropriate f value, the soil condition at the upper 5 pile diameters should be used.
These stiffness charts are appropriate for piles with embedded length greater than 3 times the pile characteristic length, λ. The following equation can be used to obtain the characteristic length of pilesoil system:
 (1)
Embedment Effect
Soil resistance on the pile increases and the stiffness coefficients at the pile head increase with the depth of embedment due to additional overburden. Figs. 751.9.2.6.5.7 – 751.9.2.6.5.9 present pile head stiffness coeficients for pile embedment depths of 5 and ten ft. based on a subgrade modulus, which increases linearly with depth.
Pile Response and Load Distribution
The pile lateral and moment distribution can be estimated by the equations shown in the Figs. 751.9.2.6.5.10 and 751.9.2.6.5.11 for nonembedded and embedded piles respectively. In the figures, the A and B shape functions are nondimensional and can be used to solve for the pile deflections and moments along the pile including the fixed pile head condition. Tables 751.9.6.5.1 – 751.9.2.6.5.7 give the data of the shape functions.
Example 1:
Find the stiffness matrix of a vertical pile shown in Fig. 751.9.2.6.4.1 at the groundline level.
 Solution"
1) Calculate S_{33}:
EI_{y} = 29000 ksi x 127 in^{4} = 3.6 x 10^{9} #  in^{4}
From Fig. 751.9.2.6.5.6: for clay with undrained shear strength of 2 ksf, f = 32 pci
From Fig. 751.9.2.6.5.1, using EI = 3.6 x 10^{9} #  in^{2} and f = 32 pci,
 S_{33} = 5.5 x 10^{4} lb/in
2) Calculate S_{55}: From Fig. 751.9.2.6.5.2, using the same EI and f as in 1), S_{55} = 1.2 x 10^{8} lbin/rad. = 120000 kin/rad.
3) Calculated S_{35}: From Fig. 751.9.2.6.5.3, using the same EI and f as 1), S_{35} = 2.2 x 10^{6} lb/rad. = 2200 k/rad.
4) Calculate S_{22}: EI_{z} = 11397000 kin^{2} = 1.1 x 10^{10} #in^{2}
From Fig. 751.9.2.6.5.11, using new EI and the same f as above: S_{22} = 8.5 x 10^{4} lb/in
5) Calculate S_{66}: From Fig. 751.9.2.6.5.2, using the same EI and f from 4): S_{66} = 2.7 x 10^{8} lbin/rad. = 270000 kin/rad.
6) Calculate S_{26}: From Fig. 751.9.2.6.5.3, using the same EI and f from 4): S_{26} = 4 x 10^{6} lb/rad. = 4000 k/rad.
7) S_{11} and S_{44} are the same as calculated in Example 1 in EPG 751.9.2.6.4. The completed stiffness matrix is as follows:
In comparison with the stiffness matrix calculated in Example 1 from EPG 751.9.2.6.4, there are some discrepancies between the two matrices. The reason for the discrepancies is because the linear subgrade modulus method (Lam, et al, 1991) is originally derived using a 1 inch deflection of the pile head in clay as shown on the figure below.
From the above figure, it is recommended using the secant stiffness approach for the pile stiffness estimation as described in EPG 751.9.2.6.4. If a py curve based computer program is not available, the linear subgrade modulus method may be used to estimate pile stiffness and moment distribution along a pile. However, using the linear subgrade modulus method may result in a significant underestimation of pile stiffness when a dynamic structural analysis shows that pile deflection is much less than 1 inch.
EPG 751.9.2.6.5 Tables 
Table 751.9.2.6.5.1 
Table 751.9.2.6.5.2 
Table 751.9.2.6.5.3 
Table 751.9.2.6.5.4 
Table 751.9.2.6.5.5 
Table 751.9.2.6.5.6 
Table 751.9.2.6.5.7 
Note: For the following example, λ = T from Fig. 751.9.2.6.5.10 & 751.9.2.6.5.11 and Tables 751.9.2.6.5.1 through 751.9.2.6.5.7.
Example 2:
Find: a) the lateral stiffness of the embedded pilehead, S_{33} shown below.
 b) the moment distribution and lateral deflection along the pile using the linear subgrade modulus method.
 pilehead is fixed
 c = 2 ksf
 γ = 0.069 pci
 ε_{50} = 0.007
 k = 400 pci
 EI_{y} = 3.6 x 10^{9} #in = 3.6 x 10^{6} kin^{2}
Solve: a) Using Fig. 751.9.2.6.5.6 with c = 2 ksf, f = 32 pci
 Using Fig. 751.9.2.6.5.7 with EI_{y} = 3.6 x 10^{9} #in^{2} and f = 32 pci,
 S_{33} ≈ 1.05 x 10^{5} #/in = 105 k/in
b) From eq (1), the characteristic length:
 = 40.76 in
 E_{so}= f x 4ft = (32 pci) (4 x 12) = 1536 psi
 1.178, use Table 751.9.2.6.5.5 (E_{so} ≈ 1.0)
from Fig.751.9.2.6.5.11:
 Slope, S = (a)
 Deflection, y = (b)
 Moment, M = (P_{t}λ)A_{m} + M_{t}B_{m} (c)
For a fixedhead pile: S=0
Substituting S=0 into eq (a),
S = 0 =, Where A_{s} and B_{s} are coefficients at the pilehead
 = λA_{s} + (M_{t} / P_{t})B_{s}
 ∴(M_{t} / P_{t}) = λ(A_{s} / B_{s}) (d) Where λ= = 40.76in.
From Table 751.9.2.6.5.5: A_{s} = 0.879 and B_{s} = 1.290 ∴ (A_{s} / B_{s}) = 0.681
Substituting eq (d) into eq (c),
 Moment M = (P_{t}λ)A_{m} +M_{t}B_{m}
 =
 =
 = (10 kips x 40.76 in)(A_{m}  0.681B_{m})
 = 407.6 (A_{m}  0.681B_{m}) kipin (e)
Using Table 751.9.2.6.5.5,the following table is created:
Substituting eq (d) into eq (b)
 y =
 =
 =
 =
 = 0.188(A_{y}  0.681B_{y}) (f)
Using Table 751.9.2.6.5.5, the following table is created:
Z/λ  Depth (z), in.  Coefficients  Deflection From eq (f)  
A_{y}  B_{y}  
0.0  0.00  1.097  0.879  0.0937 in 
0.2  8.15  0.923  0.641  0.0915 in 
0.4  16.30  0.755  0.442  0.0854 in 
0.8  32.60  0.460  0.153  0.0669 in 
1.2  48.91  0.236  0.012  0.0459 in 
1.6  65.22  0.087  0.087  0.0275 in 
2.0  81.52  0.001  0.104  0.0135 in 
3.0  122.3  0.044  0.051  0.0017 in 
3.5  142.7  0.031  0.023  0.0029 in 
4.0  163.0  0.016  0.006  0.0022 in 
5.0  203.8  0.000  0.004  0.0005 in 
Check the pile stiffness: S_{33} = 10kips/0.0937in. = 107 k/in. which is very close to the value calculated in a) using Fig. 751.9.2.6.5.7.
751.9.2.6.6 Drilled Shaft Lateral and Rotational Stiffnesses
The diameter of the drilled shaft is usually much bigger than the typical piles used by MoDOT and the aspect ratio (length to diameter) is usually smaller for drilled shafts. Due to a smaller aspect ratio, the magnitude of rotation of the shaft can be more significant than for a pile. Therefore, the rotational resistance along the length and at the tip of the shaft, which is neglected for a typical pile, could be very significant. For simplicity, the procedure of using py curves for piles is recommended for drilled shafts. However, a scaling factor (larger than unity) shall be applied to either the linear subgrade modulus, Es, or the resistance value (p) of the py curves for shaft diameters greater than 24 inches. The scaling factor is the ratio of the shaft diameter to a 24 in. diameter shaft (Lam 1998).
Additional Information 
Volume II of report #FHWA/RD86/102, sections 5.05.8 
751.9.2.6.7 Spread Footing Stiffness, Equivalent Circular Footing Method
For spread footings and caps of pile footings, the general form of stiffness matrix is summarized in the figure below, (Lam and Martin, 1986).
For spread footings, this is the master joint stiffness matrix located at the center of gravity of the footing. For pile footings, this stiffness matrix should be combined with the pile stiffness matrices using rigid body transformation. In general, the offdiagonal (crosscoupling) terms can be neglected, for two reasons: 1) the values of the offdiagonal terms are small, especially for shallow footings, and 2) they are difficult to compute. However, for some unusual deeplyembedded footings where the ratio of embedment depth to equivalent diameter is greater than five, the contribution of stiffness from the crosscoupling terms may need to be included.
Stiffness Matrix
The stifness matrix [K], of an embedded footing can be express as:
 [K] = α ∗ β ∗ [K0] where:
 [K0] = the stiffness matrix of an equivalent circular surface footing from the above figure.
 α = the foundation shape correction factor using L/B from Fig. 751.9.2.6 Shape Factor and:
 2L = the longer of the footing length or width in feet.
 2B = the shorter of the footing length or width in feet.
 β = the foundation embedment factor using D/R from Fig. 751.9.2.6 Embedment Factor and:
 D = footing thickness in feet
 R = equivalent footing radius as defined in the figure below, in feet. Note that R is different for different modes of displacement.
Equivalent Radius
 Translational: (Translation about any axis)
 Rotational: (Rocking about the 1axis)
 (Rocking about the 3axis)
 Torsional: (Torsion about the 2axis)
Stiffness Coefficients
 Horizontal translation (KF1F1) =
 Vertical translation (KF2F2) =
 Horizontal translation (KF3F3) =
 Rocking rotation (KM1M1) =
 Torsional rotation (KM2M2) =
 Rocking rotation (KM1M1) =
 Where:
 G = Shear modulus for the soil directly beneath the footing, ksf
 = , where E and ν are from EPG 751.9.2.4
 ν = Poisson’s Ratio for the soil directly beneath the footing
Three idealized embedment conditions are represented in the figure below. To consider all of the cases of embedment effects, β would normally be a function of R, D and h. However, report # FHWA/RD86/102 (Volume II) shows that the effects of ground cover and excavations can be ignored, and the situation depicted in Case 1 can be used to approximate the conditions in Case 2 and 3. Therefore, β can be determined based solely on D/R from Fig. 751.9.2.6.7 Embedment Factor for all three of the above cases.
751.9.2.7 Rigid Body Transformation
An abutment consists of many translational and rotational springs which represent the interaction between soil and backwall, beam, wings, pile caps and piles as shown in Fig. 751.9.2.7A. To reduce the total number of degreesoffreedom in the analysis and to take into account the geometric relationships among the spring constants, it is attractive to lump all the stiffnesses of these springs from “slave” joints to a “master” joint through a rigid body transformation. Any two joints on the rigid body (e.g. abutment) are constrained such that the deformation of one joint (the slave joint) can be represented by the deformation of the other joint (the master joint). Thus the degreesoffreedom for the slave joint are transferred to the master joint, and the number of degreesoffreedom in an abutment is reduced. Fig. 751.9.2.7B depicts the typical joints “j” and “m” for slave and master joints, respectively. For integral abutments, usually the center of gravity of the superstructure is chosen as the “master” joint as shown in Fig. 751.9.2.7A. RBT can also be applied to the pile footing by transforming all the pile springs and pile cap springs to an assigned master joint. Usually the master joint is placed at the center of gravity of the pile cap. The RBT takes into account the coupling effects between translational and rotational responses of skewed abutments.
1) RBT for Stiffness
Before a seismic structural analysis computer program is run, RBT is used to sum up the stiffness effects of many individual springs (at different "slave joint" locations and in different local element directions) into one equivalent 6 X 6 stiffness matrix (at the "master joint" and in its joint coordinate system).
2) RBT for Force
After the seismic structural analysis program has been run, RBT uses the master joint's forces to backsolve for individual forces and displacements at the slave joints. Usually, the master joint's displacements are not used because the displacements are very small and are more difficult to backcalculate.
Iteration of RBT for Stiffness and Force
 A) Abutments
 Sometimes during Iterative Abutment Analysis (see Section 6.1.2.10), it becomes necessary to reduce spring constants at slave joints. If individual stiffnesses are reduced, then (1) and (2) above must be repeated to recompute the master joint stiffness matrix and to recompute the local slave element forces for each new iteration.
 B) Pile Footings
 If pile footing design significantly changes the assumed size and pile geometry of a pile footing, then (1) and (2) above must be repeated to recompute the master joint stiffness matrix and to recompute the local slave element forces for each new iteration. The distribution of seismic forces to bents is by stiffness, relative to each other, so a change in stiffness at one bent affects the force distribution to all bents, particularly the distribution between intermediate bents.
 In order to perform rigid body transformation, several procedures are needed and defined in the remaining portion of EPG 751.9.2.7.
751.9.2.7.1 Joint Definition and Degrees of Freedom
A joint is defined as the point where one or more springs are connected. The assemblage of all springs becomes a structural model. The structural model is built by first defining the location and orientation of each joint.
1.) Global Coordinate System. The global coordinate system (GCS) defines the location of a structure. The GCS is a cartesian coordinate system, with three perpendicular axes x_{g}, y_{g} and z_{g}. The z_{g} axis is defined as x_{g} cross y_{g} (right hand rule), as shown in the figure below. The location of the GCS’s origin is arbitrary, and usually taken at the base of the structure.
2.) Joint Coordinate System. The location of a joint is defined by its x_{g}, y_{g} and z_{g} coordinates in the GCS. Each joint is assumed to have six degrees of freedom (dof). The first three dof are translational, and correspond to the joint’s x_{j}, y_{j} and z_{j} axes. The remaining three dof are rotational, about the joint’s x_{j}, y_{j} and z_{j} axes as shown in the figure below. The x_{j}, y_{j} and z_{j} axes define a joint coordinate system (JCS) for a given joint. The JCS may not be parallel to the GCS, and the JCS may vary for different joints. Thus, the orientation of the JCS for a given joint is defined by two vectors and . The origin of the JCS is at the joint. A third vector is then . The three vectors are written in matrix form as:
where and are unit vectors parallel to the x_{g}, y_{g} and z_{g} axes. Note that the orientation of the JCS determines the orientation of the global degrees of freedom.
751.9.2.7.2 Rigid Body Constraints
As shown in Fig. 751.9.2.7.2, summing the forces acting on the slave joint “j” about the master joint “m” in three dimensions, yields the force transformation matrix for a 3D rigid body as follows:
where {δ_{m}}_{j} represents the displacement vector of the master joint, and {δ_{s}}_{j} represents the displacement vector of the slave joint.
751.9.2.7.3 Spring Element Coordinate System (ECS)
Each structural component of an abutment or pile footing such as piles, pile caps, backwalls or wings contain several spring constants in the element coordinate directions. The direction of the individual ECS is defined by the designer. Fig. 751.9.2.7.3 shows some typical ECS for piles, pile caps, backwalls and wings.
For example, in Fig. 751.9.2.7.3 (b), there are three translational springs, K_{11}, K_{22}, K_{33}, in the ECS’ x_{e}, y_{e} and z_{e} directions, respectively, and 3 rotational springs, K_{44}, K_{55}, K_{66}, in the ECS’ x_{e}, y_{e} and z_{e} directions, respectively.
751.9.2.7.4 Transferring Element Force Matrices
Transferring Spring Element Force Matrix From ECS to GCS
Let the element coordinate system be denoted x_{e}, y_{e} and z_{e} at a joint. The three vectors that define the orientation of the ECS can be written in matrix form as:
Transferring Element Force Matrix From GCS to JCS
751.9.2.7.5 Transferring the Element Stiffness Matrix at Slave Joint “i” in its ECS to Master Joint in the JCS Direction
 Example:
 Transfer the pilehead stiffness matrix of pile no.2 as shown in Fig. 751.9.2.7.5 to the master joint at joint 17. In the figure, the pile footing consists of 16 piles and a rigid pile cap. The GCS (x, y, z) and ECS (x_{e}, y_{e}, z_{e}) of the individual piles are also shown in the figure. Let all the joints JCS be in the same direction as the GCS and assume all the slave joints (at pilehead locations) have the same elevations as that of the master joint. The individual pilehead matrix corresponding to the pile ECS is:
 It is assumed that the rotation and lateral movements at the pileheads are small. Therefore, the rotational stiffnesses at the pilehead are neglected in this example.
751.9.2.8 Modeling of Intermediate Pile Cap and Drilled Shaft Bents
751.9.2.8.1 Coupled Foundation Stiffness Method  a Rigorous Method
A rigorous procedure to develop a linear 6x6 pile stiffness matrix at groundline has been described in the example in EPG 751.9.2.6.4. Fig. 751.9.2.8.1 illustrates the structural model used by this approach.
The common form of the stiffness matrix in the local pile coordinate system (x_{e}, y_{e}, z_{e}) is given in eq. (1) in which the diagonal terms K_{x}, K_{y}, K_{z}, K_{θx}, K_{θy}, K_{θz} are stiffnesses corresponding to translational and rotational degrees of freedom associated with x_{e}, y_{e} and z_{e} axes, respectively. The offdiagonal terms represent coupling between two degrees of freedom. These stiffness coefficients can be calculated from the solutions presented in EPG 751.9.2.6.
751.9.2.8.2 Equivalent Cantilever Column Method  a Simplied Approach
In the equivalent cantilever method, the foundation is replaced by a cantilever column that has stiffness approximately equivalent to those of the pile and surrounding soil. This is represented in Fig. 751.9.2.8.2.
This simplified approach may be used if a seismic analysis computer program is not capable of providing user input of a 6x6 stiffness matrix to represent the foundation stiffness at ground level. The stiffness matrix of a equivalent cantilever column can be expressed as:
For translational and rotational stiffnesses, it is obvious that only three cantilever model parameters (i.e. EIy, EIz, and L) are not sufficient to satisfy all six stiffness coefficients (four diagonal stiffnesses, K_{y}, K_{z}, K_{θy}, K_{θz}, and two crosscoupling stiffness, K_{yθz}, K_{zθy}) in equation (1) of EPG 751.9.2.8.1.
However, the general approach is to match the diagonal stiffness terms K_{y}, K_{z} and K_{θz}. From eqs. (1) and (2):
Example 751.9.2.8.2:
Find the equivalent cantilever column’s L, EI_{y}, EI_{z}, EA and GJ in example 751.9.2.6.4.
Solve: From Example 751.9.2.6.4,
751.9.2.9 Modeling of Pile (Drilled Shaft) Footings
751.9.2.9.1 Coupled Foundation Stiffness Method – Rigorous Approach
A rigorous approach to develop a linear 6 x 6 pile stiffness matrix at the bottom of the foundation cap has been described in Example 751.9.2.6.4 in EPG 751.9.2.6.4. Figure 751.9.2.9.1 illustrates the structural model used by this approach.
The common form of the stiffness matrix in the local pile (or shaft) coordinate system (x_{e}, y_{e}, z_{e}) is given in eq. (1) in EPG 751.9.2.8.1.
751.9.2.9.2 Axial and Translational Stiffness Method  Simplified Approach
For a pile footing type configuration shown in Fig. 751.9.2.9.1, the rotational stiffness of the pile group tends to be dominated by the axial pile stiffness as compared to the stiffness contribution from the bending stiffness of individual piles. Therefore, a simplified fixed pilehead model can be used in the seismic analysis. Fig. 751.9.2.9.2 illustrates the pile footing model based on this approach. Only pile axial and two horizontal translational stiffnesses are considered in the analysis.
The stiffness matrix of a pile can be expressed as:
 [K_{pile}]_{3x3} =
in which the diagonal terms K_{x}, K_{y} and K_{z} are stiffnesses corresponding to translational degrees of freedom associated with x_{e}, y_{e} and z_{e}, respectively. Except for a special case, the simplified approach shall be considered sufficient in the seismic analysis.
751.9.2.10 Iterative Abutment Analysis
Soil Stiffness Nonlinearity
During an earthquake, ground motion causes the bridge abutments to impact against the soil, which deforms the soil. So, soil stiffness varies nonlinearly during seismic motion.
Linear Approximations of Nonlinear Soil Stiffnesses
By using response spectrum methods, an equivalent linear soil stiffness is required for proper modeling. Spring "constants" are not really constant, but instead they are changeable modeling tools. Equivalent linear springs are used to approximate nonlinear structure/soil interaction, similar to the "secant modulus" approximation for other nonlinear materials.
Reducing Stiffnesses
Fig. 751.9.2.10.1 is slightly altered from the AASHTO flowchart because of limits on reducing pile stiffnesses as described below.
Equivalent linear stiffnesses are valid only if they predict achievable soil forces. The passive force applied on the backwall will never exceed the passive force capacity of the soil, because the soil would fail before this could happen. If the seismic analysis program model is outputting an abutment force which exceeds the soil pressure capacity, then the model is predicting something impossible, and the spring constants must be reduced before accepting the model. According to AASHTO Div. IA 1998 C4.5.2, this forcelimiting should apply to all spring locations, including: 1) soil at backwall, 2) soil at wings, 3) piles, etc. Pile stiffness reduction is limited, as described below.
The starting values for springs should be based on the best available soil information, as described in EPG 751.9.2.6.4 and EPG 751.9.2.6.5, and it is better to slightly overestimate the stiffness than to underestimate it. Overestimated stiffnesses may be reduced to satisfy the displacement demand through iterative abutment analysis, usually iterative abutment analysis does not increase underestimated stiffnesses in order to save computing time.
Redesigning the Abutment for Force or Displacement
As indicated in the flowchart (Fig. 751.9.2.10.1) and the discussion of this section, the abutment may require redesigning if force or displacement limitations are exceeded. See EPG 751.9.2.10.1, EPG 751.9.2.10.2 or EPG 751.9.2.10.3 for discussion of intermediate wings, squaredoff wings, deepened beams and other remedial actions.
General Procedure
 Iterative Abutment Analysis
 Note: Each different bridge model will require its own Iterative Abutment Analysis. For example, a model without liquefaction will require a completely independent analysis from a model with liquefaction.
 1) Stiffness:
 Compute the initial stiffness estimates as described in EPG 751.9.2.6.
 2) RBT for Stiffness:
 Combine the stiffnesses at the master joints using RBT as described in EPG 761.9.2.7.
 3) Seismic Analysis:
 Run the Seismic Structural Analysis Program as described in EPG 751.9.2.8.
 4) RBT for Forces:
 Redistribute the master joint forces using RBT for force as described in EPG 761.9.2.7.
 5) Soil Pressures:
 Compute the soil pressure (see EPG 751.9.2.10.1) on the backwall and the pressure on the wings. If the pressure is greater than the allowable pressure, then reduce the corresponding stiffness accordingly and go to Step 2. If the pressures are less than the allowable, then go to Step 6.
 6) Pile Stresses:
 a) Check shear stress and resultant moment (see EPG 751.9.2.10.2). If pile stress or moment is greater than the allowable, for simplicity, reduce the stiffnesses in each direction accordingly, corresponding to the pilehead displacement calculated in that direction. However, in order to keep R = 1 for pile foundations, do not reduce the stiffness below the minimum stiffness. The minimum stiffness is defined as the translational stiffness at which the ultimate moment, M_{u}, for concrete piles or plastic moment, M_{p}, for steel piles occurred along the pile as shown in Fig.751.9.2.10.2.
 If the new stiffness is greater than the minimum stiffness, then go to Step 2.
 If the new stiffness is less than the minimum stiffness, then go to Step 6 (b).
 If the stress and moment are OK, then go to Step 7.
 b) If pile stiffness has been reduced to the minimum, then the designer must do one of the following before going to Step 2:
 i) For excessive transverse force, first add an intermediate wing (a maximum of two) and/or square off the exterior wings.
 ii) For excessive longitudinal force, first try deepening the abutment beam by 6 in. min.  12 in. max.
 iii) If (i) and (ii) does't fix the problem, then try using a larger size pile or more piles and go to Step 2.
 iv) As a last resort, if the abutment is still overloaded, try stiffening the intermediate bents by using larger columns or larger piles or more piles at the intermediate bents.
 7) Abutment Displacements:
 Check the displacements at the master joint (see EPG 751.9.2.10.3). If the abutment displacements are less than the allowable, then go to Step 8. If the abutment displacements are greater than the allowable, then the designer must do one of the following before going to Step 2:
 i) Add abutment piles.
 ii) Use larger size abutment piles.
 iii) For excessive transverse displacement, add an intermediate wing (a maximum of two) and/or square off the exterior wings.
 iv) For excessive longitudinal displacement, deepen the abutment beam by 6 in. min.  12 in. max.
 v) If the abutment is still overloaded, try stiffening the intermediate bents by using larger columns or larger piles or more piles at the intermediate bents.
 vi) As a last resort, see the Structural Design Engineer about specifying the backfill soil properties.
 8) Complete the Seismic Design:
Return to the checklist and/or flowchart in EPG 751.9.2.2 Checklist for Seismic Computations, then design abutment components, connections and intermediate bents as described in EPG 751.9.2.3 Minimum Support Length. If the seismic response of the bridge changes as a result of the design being different from the model assumed, then return to Step 2.
751.9.2.10.1 Soil Pressures, Backwall and Wings
Compacted Backfill Soil at Abutments
Ultimate soil capacities should be used for seismic design.
Additional Information 
AASHTO Division IA Sections 6.4.2(B) and 7.4.2(B) 
It is not necessary to check resultant soil pressures. The longitudinal failure state of an abutment is taken to be when the ultimate soil pressure acts on the entire backwall, causing global failure of the sliding wedge of soil behind the backwall. The transverse failure state is taken to be when the ultimate soil pressure acts on the entire wing area, causing global failure of the sliding wedge of soil behind the wings. The actual distribution of stresses in compacted abutment fill is too complex to compute for cyclical seismic loads, and it is the global failure rather that a local failure that controls the ultimate capacity of the abutment soil. Therefore, check the backwall pressure normal to its plane, then check the wing pressure normal to its plane, considering them to be independent of each other.
 p = F / A ≤ p_{A}
p = pressure on the planar surface of the backwall or wing, ksf
F = Force on element obtained from Rigid Body Transformation (see EPG 761.9.2.7), kips. Check all seismic loading cases including both abutments and both load combinations:
 Case I = 1.0*L + 0.3*T
 Case II = 0.3*L + 1.0*T
A = Area of the backwall or wing, square feet
p_{A} (for integral and nonintegral abutments) = 7.7ksf = the maximum (ultimate) dynamic soil passive pressure, ksf. The maximum dynamic soil passive pressure, pA, shall be reduced for backwall heights less than 8 ft. For example: p_{A} for a backwall height of 6 ft. p_{A} = 7.7*(6/8) = 5.8 ksf.
If p > p_{A}, then reduce the stiffness as described below and iterate until the pressure is just barely less than the allowable.
 = trial stiffness for the i+1 run, kips/foot
δ_{i} = displacement of backwall or wing from the i run, ft.
Return to the checklist and/or flowchart in EPG 751.9.2.10 Iterative Abutment Analysis.
Additional Information 
AASHTO Division IA Sections 6.4.2(C) and 7.4.2(C) 
751.9.2.10.2 Abutment Pile Stresses
Abutment Pile Stresses The allowable pile stress is the ultimate pile strength.
In order for the estimated pile stiffnesses to be valid, the pile stresses must be below the ultimate pile stress (i.e. R=1).
Additional Information 
AASHTO Division IA, 1992 Commentary C5.4.2 
NonIntegral Abutments:
Consider nonintegral abutment piles as "foundation" piles in AASHTO Div. IA, 7.2.1(B), with R=1, and do not allow plastic hinging.
Integral Abutments:
Use R=1 for ALL end bent piles, including those on integral end bents.
 Concrete CIP Piles
 1) Before running a seismic analysis program such as SEISAB, run one py curve program such as COM624P to obtain the stiffness and the lateral loadlateral displacement relationships as described in EPG 751.9.2.6.4.
 2) After SEISAB & RBT have been run, rerun COM624P to obtain the moment demand (MR) due to the resultant applied lateral pile load, PR.
 3) From the same or other COM624P programs, the resultant ultimate moment capacity, (Mu) can be obtained at the demand axial loads P = DL ± EQ. For seismic load Case I and Case II, check the following criteria:
 MR ≤ Mu, where:
 MR = maximum resultant moment demand at the demand axial load, P=DL ± EQ, and at the demand resultant lateral load, PR, ft.*kips
 PR =, resultant applied lateral load, kips
 P_{x} or P_{y} = applied lateral load at the pilehead from the RBT, in the longitudinal and transverse directions respectively, kips
 M_{u} = ultimate moment capacity at the demand axial load, at P = DL ± EQ, and at a limit state of ε_{c}= 0.003 (concrete) or ε_{s}= 0.015 (steel).
 If M_{R}> M_{u}, then reduce the pile stiffnesses in both the long. and trans. directions according to the following equation:
 K_{new} = or , where:
 K_{new} = stiffness for new trial run, kips/ft., in the strong or weak directions.
 P_{x}’ and P_{y}’ = pilehead lateral force on pile lateral load  lateral displacement curve as described in EPG 751.9.2.6.4 in the long. and trans. directions, respectively.
 Hx and Hy = pilehead lateral displacements in the long. and trans. direction, respectively, from RBT.
 4) Return to the checklist or flowchart of EPG 751.9.2.10.
 Steel HP Piles
 1) Before running a seismic analysis program such as SEISAB, run two py curve programs such as COM624P: one for the strong direction, and one for the weak direction to obtain pile lateral load – lateral displacement curves in the strong and weak directions.
 2) After SEISAB & RBT have been run, rerun COM624P to obtain the maximum demand moments along the pile in the strong direction (M_{x}) and weak direction (M_{y}). To obtain M_{x}, run COM624P with the pile demand axial load, P = DL ± EQ and the pile lateral load in the strong direction (P_{x}). To obtain M_{y}, run another COM624P with the pile demand axial load, P = DL ± EQ, and the pile lateral load in the weak direction (P_{y}).
 These two COM624P programs will have different pile section properties. Run both programs for load case I and load case II.
 3) All piles must meet the following equation:
 (1)
Additional Information 
AASHTO 10.54.2 
 where:
 P = applied axial load (DL ± EQ), kips
 M_{x} and M_{y} = maximum moment demand at the above axial load, P, at the corresponding lateral load, P_{x} or P_{y}.
 A_{s} = steel area, square inches
 F_{y} = yield stress of steel, usually 36 ksi or 50 ksi. The difference in price is small, so 50 ksi should be used when steel stresses are high.
 M_{p} = Z*F_{y}, where Z = plastic section modulus in the strong (x) or weak (y) direction, inch*kips
 4) If eq. (1) can not be satisfied, then reduce the pile stiffness in both the strong and weak directions according to the following equation:
 K_{new} = or , where:
 K_{new} = stiffness for new trial run, kips/ft., in the strong or weak directions.
 P_{x}’ and P_{y}’ = pilehead lateral force on pile lateral load  lateral displacement curve as described in EPG 751.9.2.6.4 in the long. and trans. directions, respectively.
 Hx and Hy = pilehead lateral displacements in the long. and trans. direction, respectively, from RBT.
 5) Return to the checklist or flowchart of EPG 751.9.2.10.
751.9.2.10.3 Abutment Deflection Iteration
Additional Information 
AASHTO Division IA, 1998 Commentary, C4.5.2 
In Fig. 751.9.2.10.1, Flowchart for Iterative Abutment Analysis, after the abutment forces are OK, the resultant abutment displacement must also be acceptable before finishing the seismic analysis of the bridge.
 where:
 = resultant displacement of the master joint from the seismic analysis, ft.
 , for Case I = L+0.3T
 , for Case II = 0.3L+T
 δ_{R} is at the master joint (see Fig. 751.9.2.10.3), using either CQC or SRSS.
 δ_{allowable} = 0.3 ft., for integral abutments and nonintegral abutments with restrainers engaged.
 δ_{allowable} = 10*A (in inches) for nonintegral abutments under active Mononobe  Okabe pressure, where A = Acceleration Coefficient in gs.
Additional Information 
AASHTO Division IA, 1998 Commentary 
If the displacement exceeds the allowable value, then the abutment must be structurally altered as described in the flowchart description of EPG 751.9.2.10. If the structural behavior is different as a result of these changes, it will be necessary to redesign the bridge and the abutment for Group IVI loads and for Seismic loads.
751.9.3 Seismic Design Procedure
751.9.3.1 Connection Design
Seismic Performance Categories A, B, C, D
Seismic design forces can be considered either service loads or factored loads with a factor of 1.0. Load Factor Design (LFD) is to be used wherever possible. However, Allowable Stress Design (ASD) is still allowed when LFD would be difficult to apply. Connections must be designed for seismic forces in all four Seismic Performance Categories (A, B, C and D). For design of some typical seismic connections, see the EPG articles, below:
 a) Anchor bolts (EPG 751.9.3.1.1)
 b) Dowel bars (EPG 751.9.3.1.2)
 c) Restrainer rods (EPG 751.9.3.1.3)
 d) Concrete shear blocks (EPG 751.9.3.1.4)
 e) Concrete end diaphragms (EPG 751.9.3.1.5)
 f) Seismic isolation systems (EPG 751.9.3.1.6)
 g) Joints (Beam/Column or Column/Footing) (EPG 751.9.3.1.7)
Additional Information 
AASHTO Division IA, Section 5.2 
Seismic Performance Category A
Minimum horizontal design force in each restrained direction for connections in SPC A is as described in AASHTO Division IA, Section 5.2.
A seismic analysis is not required in SPC A, so do not use R=0.8 in SPC A. Use R=1 instead.
Seismic Performance Categories B, C and D
Additional Information 
AASHTO Division IA, Sections 5.4, 5.5 and 5.6 
For design of connections in SPC B, C and D, see AASHTO Division IA, Sections 6.2.1 and 7.2.1(A). For design of column joint connections in SPC C and D, see AASHTO Division IA, Section 7.6.4 and EPG 751.9.3.1.7.
751.9.3.1.1 Anchor Bolts
For LRFD, see EPG 751.11.2 Design for anchor bolt design.
Anchor bolts are used on bearings with sole plates. Design anchor bolts for flexure, shear and axial forces. Design forces are specified in AASHTO Div. IA, Sections 3.6, 3.7, 5.2, 6.2 or 7.2. Anchor bolts shall be ASTM F1554 Grade 55, unless higher grade anchor bolts are required to meet design requirements. Grade 105 bolts shall not be used in applications where welding is required.
Flexural Stress
For flexural stress, design the bolt diameter to satisfy the allowable stress as shown below. Limit the number of bolts per bearing to four by adding concrete shear blocks when required.
M = PL/2 = maximum moment per bolt, inch*kips
L = moment arm from center of sole plate to top of the beam cap, inches
= Horizontal seismic design force per bolt, kips
F_{H} = Horizontal seismic force per girder as shown below, kips.
 FH in Seismic Performance Category A
 For expansion bearings, transverse F_{T} = 0.2(DL) & longitudinal F_{L} = 0.
 Where DL = maximum dead load girder reaction at the bent, kips.
 For fixed bearings, transverse F_{T} = 0.2(DL) per girder &
 longitudinal F_{L} = (0.2)(segment weight)/(# of girders).
 Segment weight should be distributed appropriately among fixed bents.
 See also AASHTO Division IA, Section 5.2.
 FH in Seismic Performance Categories B, C and D
 At intermediate bents, F_{H} = , where:
 = summation of top of column longitudinal shears at bent
 = summation of top of column transverse shears at bent
 At end bents, use the same formula as above, except substitute the abutment shears in place of the top of column shears.
 n_{b} = the number of bolts per girder
 N_{G} = the number of girders at the bent
 R = 1.0 for Seismic Performance Category A,
 0.8 for Seismic Performance Categories B, C and D
 S = Section modulus for the bolt = , cubic inches.
 D = minimum body diameter, inches. For F1554 bolts use D = 0.92 x nominal bolt diameter. Alternately, the minimum body diameter can be retrieved from ASTM F1554 Table 4. For all other bolt types the nominal bolt diameter may be used because the bolt is unthreaded in the flexural zone and the minimum body diameter is similar to the nominal diameter.
 F_{b} (Grade 55) = (overstress factor=1.5)*0.55*(F_{y}=55 ksi) = 45.4 ksi
Shear Stress
For shear stress, design the bolt diameter to satisfy the allowable stress as shown below (f_{v} < F_{v}). Limit the number of bolts per bearing to four by adding concrete shear blocks when required.
f_{v} = actual shear stress on the bolt, ksi
P = the design shear force per bolt, kips/bolt = ,
 where the definitions are the same as in the flexural stress section.
F_{v}= allowable shear stress per bolt, ksi = 1.5*(0.17F_{u})*(f1)
 where:
 1.5 = overstress factor for seismic loads
 0.17F_{u} = allowable shear stress when threads are included in shear plane per AISC, 9^{th} Ed. Table J3.2 and Numerical Values Table 2 for A36, A307 and A449 bolts and applied here for F1554 anchor bolts. For A325 and A490 bolts refer to the values listed in AASHTO Table 10.32.3B.
 f1 = 1.0 for F1554 bolts (all grades)
 f1 = 1.0 for threads in the shear plane (A36, A307, A449, A325, A490)
 f1 = 1.25 for threads not in the shear plane (A36, A307, A449, A325, A490)
 For F1554 Grade 55 anchor bolts, F_{v} = 1.5*0.17*75*1.0 = 19.13 ksi.
A = = Nominal area of bolt, square inches
D = nominal bolt diameter.
Note: Do not apply the 0.875 factor for new A325 bolts as shown in footnote d under AASHTO Table 10.32.3b. A325 bolts no longer come in different grades (tensile strengths).
Note: ASTM F1554 allows the body diameter of the bolt to be reduced to provide an area not less than the stress area of the threaded portion of the bolt. For this reason, the allowable stress is similar for threads beings included or excluded from the shear plane.
Axial Stress
For axial stress, design the bolt diameter to satisfy the allowable tensile stress as shown below. For further information about vertical restrainers (holddown devices), see EPG 751.9.3.1.3.
where
 f_{t} = applied tensile stress, ksi
 T = the maximum seismic tensile (uplift) force (DL ± EQ) per bolt from the seismic analysis, kips. If (DL+EQ) and (DLEQ) are both compressive, then there is no need to design the bolts for axial stress.
 A_{t} = normal area of bolt, square inches
 F_{t} = allowable tensile stress = 1.5(0.33Fu) =37.13 ksi for Grade 55
where:
 0.33Fu = allowable tensile stress per AISC, 9^{th} Ed. Table J3.2 and Numerical Values Table 2 for A36, A307 and A449 bolts and applied here for F1554 anchor bolts. For A325 and A490 bolts refer to the values listed in AASHTO Table 10.32.3B.
Note: Do not apply the 0.875 factor for new A325 bolts as shown in footnote d under AASHTO Table 10.32.3b. A325 bolts no longer come in different grades (tensile strengths).
751.9.3.1.2 Dowel Bars
For LRFD, see EPG 751.22.2.7 Dowel Bars for dowel bar design.
Dowel bars connect standard concrete diaphragms and beams on concrete girder bridges (standard fixed diaphragms are those with beam stirrups NOT extending up into the diaphragm). Dowel bars are standard rebars designed using Allowable Stress Design and an allowable overstress of 33%. Design forces are as specified in AASHTO Div. IA, Sections 3.6, 3.7, 5.2, 6.2 or 7.2. The length of dowel bars is as shown in EPG 751.22.2.7 Dowel Bars. For a calculated seismic vertical reaction or an anticipated foundation settlement resulting in a net tensile reaction, use the development length of dowel bars into beam and into diaphragm based on dowel bar size.
Shear Stress
For shear stress, design the size and number of dowel bars to satisfy the allowable stress as shown below (f_{v} < F_{v}). The number of dowels must also fit into the space available on the key:
 min. bar size = #6; max. bar size = #11
 min. spacing = 6"; max. spacing = 18"
 min. end distance=3"; max. end distance=9" (half the spacing)
 f_{v} = actual shear stress on the dowel, ksi
 P = the design shear force per dowel, kips/dowel =
 where:
 F_{H} = Horizontal seismic force as shown below, kips =
 F_{H} in Seismic Performance Category A
Additional Information 
AASHTO Div. IA, 5.2 
 Transverse F_{T} = 0.2(DL)
 where: DL = the summation of dead load reactions at the bent, kips
 Longitudinal F_{L} = 0.2(segment wt.) where segment weight should be distributed appropriately among fixed bents.
 FH in Seismic Performance Categories B, C and D
 F_{H} =
 where:
 = summation of top of column longitudinal shears at all columns
 = summation of top of column transverse shears at all columns
 If columns are designed for plastic hinging, use the plastic hinging shear.
 n_{d} = the number of dowels at the bent
 R =1.0 for Seismic Performance Category A,
 0.8 for Seismic Performance Categories B, C and D
 A = the crosssectional area of the bar, sq. inches
 F_{v} = allowable shear stress per dowel = 1.33*0.4*f_{y} = 31.9 ksi / dowel
 f_{y} = yield stress of the rebar, ksi
Axial Stress
For axial stress, design the total area of bars to satisfy the tensile stress as shown below.
where:
f_{t} = applied tensile stress, ksi / dowel T = seismic tensile (uplift) force (DL EQ) at bent, kips. If both (DL + EQ) and (DL  EQ) are compressive, then there is no need to design the dowels for axial stress.
n_{d} = the number of dowels at the bent
A_{d} = crosssectional area of one bar, sq. inches
F_{t} = allowable tensile stress per dowel = 1.33*0.55*fy = 43.9 ksi / dowel
751.9.3.1.3 Restrainers
Most restrainer rods are low carbon steel (ASTM F1554, F_{u} = 58ksi, F_{y} = 36ksi) threaded rods at expansion gaps and hinges. They can be either longitudinal, transverse or vertical restrainers, depending on their axis of orientation. Restrainers are designed to remain elastic.
Longitudinal Restrainers
Longitudinal restrainers may be added at expansion gaps when predicted seismic displacements exceed the available support length. Restrainers should be added at all hinges with expansion gaps. Restrainers may also be added in other situations as discussed in a retrofit strategy meeting. Omit restrainers on exterior faces of exterior girders. Locate the restrainer group as close as possible to the center of gravity (c.g.) of the superstructure (see Fig. 751.9.3.1.3.3). Orient the restrainers parallel to the centerline of the superstructure, except for expansion joints on bridges with skew > 30° and all curved bridges, then consider orienting the restrainers normal to the joint. If the restrainer is connected to the bent cap, a higher force may be directed to the columns than otherwise expected, and the bent should be designed to withstand the restrainer force. See Figs. 751.9.3.1.3.3 – 751.9.3.1.3.9 for the details for Longitudinal Earthquake Restrainers for the different superstructure types.
Restrainer Rod Design:
 Restrainer Capacity
 F_{cap} = force capacity of restrainer in kips, the smaller of these forces:
 A_{t}*F_{t} where:
 A_{t} = tensile stress area of threaded rod, square inches
 F_{t} = = allowable tensile stress = 1.5(0.33 F_{u}) = 1.5 x 0.33 x 58 = 28.7 ksi for F1554, grade 36 rod.
 where:
 DS = dead load of the entire superstructure unit, kips. When two segments are tied together, use the weight of the heavier segment.
 n = the number of restrainers at the expansion gap
 Restrainer Demand
 F_{dem}= demand force in kips, taken to be the larger of these forces:
 a) force from seismic analysis divided by the response factor, R,
 where:
 R = 1.0 for Seismic Performance Category A
 R = 0.8 for Seismic Performance Categories B, C and D
 b) 0.2*DS/n where:
 DS = dead load of the entire superstructure unit, kips. When two segments are tied together, use the weight of the heavier segment.
 n = the number of restrainers at the expansion gap
 c) A*DL/n where:
 A = Acceleration coefficient in gs
 DL = the weight of the lighter of the two adjoining superstructure segments
 n = the number of restrainers at the expansion gap
 Example 9.3.1.31:
 The accumulated dead load weight of a prestressed bridge segment with six girders is 1110 kips. The bridge is located in Seismic Performance Category C with A = 0.25. There are two 1 3/8 in. diameter restrainers for each girder at the end bent. From the seismic analysis, the total longitudinal force at the expansion gap is 300 kips. Check the suitability of the restrainers.
 Solution:
 Demand Force: 1) 0.2*DS/n = 0.2x1110/(2x6) = 18.5 kips
 2) A*DS/n = 0.25x1110/(2x6) = 23.1 kips
 3) (F/R)/n = (300/0.8)/12 = 31.25 kips ← Controls
 Design Capacity: At*Ft = 1.48 x 28.71 ksi = 42.6 kips
 42.6 kips > 31,25 kips Capacity is O.K.
 ∴ Two 1 3/8 in. diameter rods for each girder are satisfactory.
 Note: Usually, restrainers should be omitted on the exterior face of exterior girders. For exterior girders, the two restrainers should be located on the interior face of the girder.
Anchor Stud Design
Anchor studs shall be designed using ultimate strength design and concrete shear cone failure theory. The standard stud size is 7/8” φ x 7” stud.
Use a response modification factor for connections of 0.8.
Locate the studs on the concrete backwall or diaphragm using the minimum spacing, 2R, and the minimum edge distance, R, where R is the major radius of the concrete shear cone as shown in Fig. 751.9.3.1.3.1, below. If the minimum spacing or minimum edge distance cannot be met, then see manufacturer's catalog for computation of partial cone strength reductions. If possible, center the stud group around the restrainer rod.
Anchor Plate Design
The area of the steel anchor plate shall be sized by the number of anchor studs required for tensile pullout and by the stud spacing (2R above) and edge distance on the plate. Locate the studs on the backwall or diaphragm using the minimum spacing, 2R, and the minimum edge distance, R. If the minimum spacing or minimum edge distance cannot be met, then consider the partial cone strength reductions. If possible, center the stud group around the restrainer rod. The thickness of the plate shall be sized by:
(a) Flexural stress on the plate considering the plate as a beam continuousoversimplesupports with an allowable stress of 0.55Fy and a 33% allowable overstress in Seismic Performance Categories B, C and D,
Additional Information 
AASHTO Division IA, Sections 6.2.1 & 7.2.1 and AASHTO Table 10.32.1A 
(b) Bearing stress on concrete (to account for the possibilities of local crushing at the expansion gap and/or restrainer deflection greater than 1/2" and/or backwall knockoff) of 0.3*f '_{c}, with a multiplier, , (where A_{1} is the loaded area and A_{2} is the maximum area of the portion of the supporting surface that is geometrically similar and concentric with the loaded area), plus a 33% allowable overstress in Seismic Performance Categories B, C and D. or
Additional Information 
AASHTO Division IA, Sections 6.2.1 & 7.2.1 and AASHTO 8.15.2.1.3 
(c) minimum plate thickness = 3/8"
The backwall should be designed for flexure and shear as specified for abutment components in EPG 751.9.3.2.
Transverse Restrainers
Transverse restrainers are mainly used to keep the superstructure from sliding off the bearings. This type of restrainer is used either in place of, or along with, concrete shear blocks. The design procedure for transverse restrainers is the same as the design procedure for longitudinal restrainers with the exception that the demand force, F_{dem}, is only part a) of the longitudinal restrainer demand force design.
Vertical Restrainers (Holddown Devices)
Vertical restrainers are only required in Seismic Performance Categories C and D (AASHTO Div. IA, 7.2.5(B)), but they may also be used on important structures in SPC B. Vertical restrainers shall be used at all supports or hinges in continuous structures when the vertical seismic force (EQ) exceeds 50% of the dead load reaction (DR).
When 0.5(DR) < EQ < 1.0(DR), then the minimum net uplift force = 10% of the dead load downward force that would be exerted if the span were simply supported.
When EQ > 1.0(DR), then the net uplift force = 1.2*(EQDR), but not less than 10% of the dead load downward force that would be exerted if the span were simply supported.
Vertical restrainers can take several forms: (a) using existing anchor bolts, (b) adding threaded rods, (c) adding vertical restraining plates, or (d) adding prestressing strands. If vertical restrainers are required, see the Structural Project Manager to determine which vertical restrainer system should be used.
751.9.3.1.4 Concrete Shear Blocks
For LRFD, see EPG 751.22.3.13 Concrete Shear Blocks for Concrete Shear Blocks design
Concrete shear blocks are used when 4 anchor bolts per bearing are insufficient, or for preventing loss of support on beams and stub bent footings. Design shear keys as specified in AASHTO 8.16.6.4. Design forces are as specified in AASHTO Div. IA, Sections 3.6, 3.7, 5.2, 6.2 or 7.2. The following dimensions and sizes are for rough guidelines only and may be altered to fit specific situations:
Concrete shear block dimensions:
L = Length shall extend all the way across the beam (for ease of forming), oriented parallel to centerline of roadway.
W = Width is as required for concrete area. Allow about 1/2 in. (typical) clearance between the edge of the sole plate and the edge of the block to allow engaging of anchor bolts. H = Height of shear block shall extend to about an inch (+/) above the top of the sole plate.
Steel reinforcement:
Bar size = #4 min. to # 6 max. hairpins placed parallel to the centerline of the beam, with #4 horizontal straight bars at the top of the hairpin to ensure proper alignment.
Spacing = Spacing of hairpin shear bars as required to provide the required steel area, with 6" minimum to 12" maximum. The maximum edge distance in the direction of the spacing = half of reinforcement spacing.
= demand shear per block, kips/block
 where:
 F_{T} = transverse component of total horizontal seismic force demand at the bent, normal to the centerline of the roadway, kips. Both seismic load cases, Case 1 = L+0.3T and Case 2 = 0.3L+T, must be satisfied.
 R = 1.0 for Seismic Performance Category A
 0.8 for Seismic Performance Categories B, C and D
 φ = 0.85 for shear
 N_{B} = the number of blocks resisting the seismic force. The designer should consider using a value of NB that is less than the total number of blocks, because all blocks may not resist equal amounts of force.
V_{cap} = A_{vf}*f_{y}*μ = nominal shear capacity of concrete shear block, kips/block
 V_{cap} ≤ 0.2 ∗ f'_{c} ∗ A _{cv}, kips
 V_{cap} ≤ 0.8 ∗ A_{cv} , kips
A_{vf} = crosssectional area of reinforcing bars at the shear plane, sq. inches
f_{y} = yield strength of reinforcing bars, ksi
μ = 1.0 for retrofits (bushhammering > 1/4", in Sec.703.3.11 )
μ = 1.4 for new structures (monolithic construction)
f'_{c} = final compressive strength of concrete at 28day cure, ksi
A_{cv} = area of concrete block at the shear plane, sq. inches
Example: An example of a shear block details can be found in EPG 751.22.3.13.
751.9.3.1.5 Concrete End Diaphragms
Restrainers at Expansion Gaps, Concrete Girders
Design the concrete diaphragm thickness on P/SI girder bridges with longitudinal restrainers at expansion gaps at abutments or intermediate bents. Check punching shear by Load Factor Design, as per AASHTO 8.16.6.6. Design force is the restrainer force used to size the rods in EPG 751.9.3.1.3. In tension, the failure surface is d/2 outside the outermost anchor studs.
751.9.3.1.6 Seismic Isolation Bearings
Isolation Bearings
Seismic isolation bearings shall conform to AASHTO Guide Specifications for Seismic Isolation Design, 1999. Isolation bearings should only be used when specified on the design layout or when required for special retrofit projects. See the Structural Project Manager for approval and for the design specifications for the specific proprietary system to be used.
751.9.3.1.7 T Joint Connections
Principal Tension and Compression Stresses in BeamColumn Joints
The connections where columns and beams join, or where columns and footings join, should be based on the capacity design for shear and diagonal tension. For most locations, this is a “T”shaped joint. For the analysis of “knee joints”, see Priestley and Seible, 1996.
In the capacity design of connection joints, the column moment, M^{0}, will be the moment that is known and which will correspond to flexural overstrength of the column plastic hinges, i.e. M^{0} = 1.3M_{p} of the column. If the columns are designed based on plastic hinging, the beam and footings shall be designed with capacities greater than or equal to 1.3M_{p}.
At each joint, the principal tension and compression stresses are defined and checked as follows:
 (1)
 (2)
 (3)
 (4)
 (5)
 (6)
 (7)
 (8)
 in which:
 V_{jh} = Average horizontal shear force within a joint.
 V_{jv} = Average vertical shear force within a joint.
 v_{jh} = Average horizontal shear stress within a joint.
 v_{jv} = Average vertical shear stress within a joint.
 h_{b} = Beam depth.
 h_{c} = Column diameter or rectangular column crosssection height.
 b_{je} = The effective width of a joint, defined in Fig. 751.9.3.1.7.2.
 D = Round column diameter.
 f_{v} = Average vertical axial stress due to column axial force P_{c}, including the seismic component.
 P_{c} = Column axial force.
 f_{h} = Average horizontal axial stress at the center of the joint.
 p_{c} = Nominal principal compression stress in a joint. (positive)
 p_{t} = Nominal principal tensile stress in a joint. (negative)
 b_{b} = Beam width
 b_{c} = Column crosssection width
In Fig. 751.9.3.1.7.2(c), the effective width is taken at the center of the column section, allowing a 45° spread from boundaries of the column section into the beam cap. In the transverse direction, the effective width will be the smaller of the value given by eq. (3) and the beam cap width b_{b}. Experimental evidence indicates that diagonal cracking is initiated in the joint region when psi. The principle compression stress p_{c} shall be limited to .
Design of Reinforcement for BeamColumn Joints
When the principal tension stress, p_{t}, exceeds psi, joint cracking occurs and the following reinforcement shall be provided:
a) Vertical beam stirrup reinforcement shall be placed throughout the distance of h_{b}/2 from the column face on each side of the column. The required amount of vertical beam stirrup reinforcement, A_{jv}, is:
 (9)
 Where:
 A_{sc} = The total area of longitudinal steel
 f°_{yc} = overstrength stress in the column reinforcement use
 f°_{yc} = 1.1f
 f_{yv} = yield stress of vertical stirrup reinforcement.
b) Vertical beam stirrup reinforcement within the joint, A_{vi}, is
 (10)
c) The additional beam bottom longitudinal reinforcement required is
 (11)
 where f_{yb} = the yield stress of the beam bottom longitudinal reinforcement. This additional reinforcement must be carried a sufficient distance to develop its yield strength a distance h_{b}/2 from the column face.
d) The horizontal hoop reinforcement within a joint requires
 (12)
which for F = 0 simplifies to
 (13)
 Where
 F = The beam cap prestress force.
 f_{yh} = The yield stress of the horizontal hoops.
 L_{a} = The Anchorage length in the joint.
The minimum amount of horizontal hoop reinforcement shall be
 (14)
The spacing of the horizontal hoop can be based on:
(15)
 Where
 A_{s} = The crosssectional area of the hoop bar.
 D’ = The hoop diameter.
When the principal tension stress, p_{t}, does not exceed psi, no joint cracking is expected. However, the following minimum reinforcement shall be provided:
 a) Vertical beam stirrup reinforcement within the joint based on eq. (10)
 b) Minimum horizontal hoop reinforcement based on eq. (14)
Note that the bending of any hooked reinforcement outward, away from the column core, shall not be used because it directs the anchorage force away from the joint. Inward bending of the column reinforcement is allowed. However, it is likely to cause a congestion problem. The use of straight column reinforcement embedded into the beamcolumn joint is recommended. The standard Tjoint reinforcement details are shown in Figs. 751.9.3.1.7.4  751.9.3.1.7.6. If any reinforcement requirement based on eqs. (9) through (14) is greater than that shown in Figs. 751.9.3.1.7.4  751.9.3.1.7.6, the greater requirement shall be used.
 (1) Increase by 25% the development length (other than top bars) or the standard hook in tension “Ldh” of EPG 751.40.8.4.2.
 (2) The spiral bars or wire shall be continued for a distance equal to ½ the column diameter but not less than 15” from the face of the column connection into the footing.
 (3) Use the greatest length of the following: column diameter of 1/6 of the clear height of column. Lapping of spiral reinforcement in this region is not permitted.
 (4) Splices may be eliminated when the column height is 20’0” or less or restrictions do not practically allow for lap splices.
 See additional guidance in EPG 751.9.3.1.7, below, for footing reinforcement not shown.
 (1) Increase by 25% the development length (other than top bars) or the standard hook minimum in tension “Ldh” of EPG 751.40.8.4.2.
 (2) The spirals shall be continued for a distance equal to ½ the column diameter but not less than 15” from the face of the column connection into the footing.
Example 751.9.3.1.7.1: A column is subjected to an axial load (due to dead and seismic earthquake loads) of 520 kips. The column diameter is 36 in. with 20 #8 bars for longitudinal reinforcement. The beam cap dimensions are 3 ft. 9 in. wide by 3 ft. 7 in. deep with 5 #11 bars for the top reinforcement and 7 #10 bars for the bottom reinforcement as shown in Fig. 751.9.3.1.7.7. The column overstrength momentaxial load curve is shown in Fig. 751.9.3.1.7.8. Design the reinforcement details for the beamcolumn joint.
Solution:
The axial load for the column = 520 kips.
From Fig. 751.9.3.1.7.8, M^{0} = 1562.6 kft.
From eq. (1): = 436.07 kips
From eq. (3): = 45 in.
From eq. (2): = 269.18 psi.
Vertical Axial Stress:
From eq. (6):
 = 146.27 psi.
Horizontal Stress:
 f_{h} = 0 psi.
From eq. (7):
p_{c} = 352.07 psi ≤ 0.3(3000 psi) = 900 psi O.K.
From eq. (8):
p_{t} = 205.80 psi ≥ 3.5 3000 = 191.7 psi Not O.K.
Since p_{t} is greater than , special joint reinforcement based on eqs. (9) through (14) are needed.
Check if moment capacity of the beam is greater than the overstrength moment capacity of the column.
Neglect the effect of the compression steel (conservative).
Compare moment capacity of beam versus overstrength moment capacity of the column:
 1669.39 kft. > 1562.60 kft.
Moment capacity of beam is greater than the overstrength moment capacity of the column. O.K.
Design of reinforcement for the beamcolumn joint
  Vertical reinforcement should be placed throughout a distance of h_{b}/2 from the column face on each side of the column.
 From eq.(9):
 A_{sc} = 15.70 in^{2}
 From eq.(9):
 = 1.1f = 66 ksi.
 f_{yv} = 60 ksi.
 A_{jv} = 0.125 (15.70) 66 / 60 = 2.16 in^{2}
  Reinforcement within the joint confines:
 From eq. (10):
 = 0.0625 (15.70) 66 / 60 = 1.08 in^{2}
 From eq. (10):
  Additional bottom of beam longitudinal reinforcement:
 From eq. (11):
 = 0.0625 (15.70) 66 / 60 = 1.08 in^{2}
 From eq. (11):
 This reinforcement must be developed at a distance h_{b}/2 away from the face of the column.
  Hoop Reinforcement:
 From eq. (13):
 L_{a} = 40 in.
 f_{yh} = 60 ksi
 ∴use ρs
 use #4 hoop reinforcement
 A_{s} = 0.1963 in^{2}
 D’ = 36 – 2(2) – 4/8 = 31.5 in.
 ρ_{s} = 0.003238
 From eq. (15): = 7.70” spacing > 3” max. from Fig. 751.9.3.1.7.4. Therefore, Use S = 3”
Principal Tension and Compression Stresses in ColumnFooting Joints
Column – Footing joints are essentially the same as inverted beamcolumn T joints. Eqs. (1) through (8) are applicable to columnfooting joints except the beam height, h_{b}, shall be changed to the footing height, h_{f}.
Design of Reinforcement for ColumnFooting Joint
The design of the reinforcement for columnfooting joints is similar to that for beamcolumn T joint. From a joint performance viewpoint, it is desirable to bend the column bars inward toward the joint by using 90° hook bars, but this will cause undue congestion. Bending column bars away from the joint will increase the diagonal tension stress within the joint region. However, it makes a stable platform for supporting the column cage and prevents congestion. When the column reinforcement is bent outward, eqs. (9) through (14) shall be applied. Since the column inelastic action may develop in directions other than parallel to one of the principal axes of the footing, the amount of vertical reinforcement in eq. (9) shall be placed in each of the four quadrant areas outside the joint. In other words, a total vertical stirrup area of:
 (16)
shall be placed around the column.
Extra top reinforcement in the footing is also required in accordance with eq. (11). This reinforcement should pass through the column reinforcement or be placed as close as possible to the sides of the column and extend a distance of not less than l = 0.5*D + L_{d}, where L_{d} is the bar development length, beyond the face on both sides of the column.
Example 751.9.3.1.7.2: A column is subjected to an axial load (due to dead and seismic loads) of 520 kips. The column diameter is 36 in. with 20 #8 bars for longitudinal reinforcement. All column reinforcement is bent outward into the footing away from the joint. The footing depth is 39 inches. The top and bottom reinforcement for the footing is shown in Fig. 751.9.3.1.7.10, below. Design the reinforcement details for the columnfooting joint.
Solution:
The axial load for the column = 520 kips.
From Fig. 751.9.3.1.7.8 in Example 751.9.3.1.7.1, M^{0} = 1562.6 kft.
From eq.(1): = 480.8 kips
From eq. (3):
From eq. (2): =262.39 psi.
Vertical Axial Stress:
From eq. (6):
 = 136.21psi.
Horizontal Axial Stress:
 f_{h} = 0 psi.
Principal Stresses:
From eq. (7):
 = 339.19 psi. ≤ 0.3(3000psi.) = 900 psi. O.K.
From eq. (8):
 = 202.98 psi. > 3.5 = 191.7 psi. Not O.K.
Since p_{t} is greater than allowed, special joint reinforcement based on eqs. (9)through (14) are needed.
Check moment capacity
Check the moment capacity of footing in the long direction to see if it is greater than the overstrength moment capacity of the column.
Neglect the effect of the compression reinforcement.
 Since C_{c} = T
 = 2.0523"
 M_{n} = A_{s}(f_{y})(d  a/2)
 = 9.42(60)(35(2.0523/2))
 = 1600.17 kft.
Compare moment capacity of footing overstrength moment capacity of the column:
 1600.17 kft > 1562.60 kft.
Moment capacity of the footing is greater than the overstrength moment of capacity of the column. O.K.
Check the moment capacity of the footing in the short direction to see if it is greater than the overstrength moment capacity of the column.
Neglect the effect of the compression reinforcement.
 Since C_{c} = T
 = 1.3207"
 M_{n} = A_{s}(f_{y})(d  a/2)
 = 9.43(60)(35(1.3207/2))
 = 1619.11 kft.
Compare moment capacity of footing overstrength moment capacity of the column:
 1619.11 kft > 1562.60 kft.
Moment capacity of the footing is greater than the overstrength moment of capacity of the column. O.K.
Design of reinforcement for the columnfooting joint
  Vertical reinforcement should be placed throughout a distance of h_{f}/2 from the column face on each side of the column.
 From eq. (16):
 A_{sc} = 15.71 in^{2}
 = 1.1 f_{y} = 66 ksi.
 f_{yv} = 60 ksi.
 A_{jv} = 0.5 (15.71) (66 / 60) = 8.641 in^{2}
 From eq. (16):
  Reinforcement within the joint confines:
 From eqs. (9),(10) & (16):

 = 0.25 (15.71)(66/60) = 4.320 in^{2}

 From eqs. (9),(10) & (16):
  Additional top of footing longitudinal reinforcement:

 = 0.0625 (15.70)(66 / 60) = 1.08 in^{2}

 This reinforcement must be developed at a distance h_{b}/2 away from the face of the column and must be placed so that the reinforcement goes through the column reinforcement. A_{sb} is required in both directions in the footing.
  Hoop Reinforcement:
 From eq. (13):
 L_{a} = 35 in.
 f_{yh} = 60 ksi
 = 0.004232
 = 0.003195
 ρs > ρ_{s, min} ∴use ρ_{s}
 Use #5 hoop reinforcement
 A_{s} = 0.3068
 D’ = 36  2(2)  5/8” = 31.375”
 ρ_{s} = 0.004232
 From eq. (15): = 9.24"
 Use 9” Spacing
 Note: By adding 3 in. to footing depth in this example problem, the principal tensile stress in the joint would have been less than the maximum allowed tensile stress, thus eliminating the need for the special joint reinforcement other than the minimum required reinforcement. However, the practice of increasing footing depth to eliminate the need for the special joint reinforcement should be limited to increasing the footing depth a maximum of 6 inches.
751.9.3.1.8 Anchorage of Piles for Seismic B, C and D
For anchorage of piles for seismic categories B, C and D, see EPG 751.36.4 Anchorage of Piles for Seismic Categories B, C and D.
751.9.3.2 Abutment Component Design
After Iterative Abutment Design has shown that abutment forces and displacements are acceptable, and after connection design is completed, the abutment components may be designed.
Wings (Integral OR NonIntegral Abutments)
 1) Design the wing thickness for the applied shear on the wing. The design section is where the corner brace meets the inside edge of the wing. Use φ = 1.0 for shear. It is sometimes satisfactory to treat wing walls as fuse elements (i.e., broken off elements). This is mainly for integral abutment on very wide structures where large forces are drawn to the abutment. In this case, a second analysis with reduced stiffness in the transverse direction is required. Divide the wing up into two sections of f'c = 3 ksi and f'c = 4 ksi. Soil pressure acts below the bottom of the approach slab. See EPG 751.40 LFD Widening and Repair.
 2) Design the flexural steel in the inside face of the wing (minimum #6  H  bars @ 8" cts.) for the applied wing moment. Moment = (wing Area)*(soil pressure)*(arm from edge of corner brace to c.g. of wing area). The design section is where the corner brace meets the inside edge of the wing. Use φ = 1.0 for flexure. Divide the wing up into two sections of f'c = 3 ksi and f'c = 4 ksi. Soil pressure acts below the bottom of the approach slab. Position the wing reinforcement so that it does not interfere with girders or piles. The top of intermediate wings shall clear the bottom of the approach slab by a minimum of 3". See EPG 751.40 LFD Widening and Repair.
NonIntegral Abutments
 3) For nonintegral abutments, check the stability under application of active soil pressure. Find the MononobeOkabe (combined seismic and nonseismic) pressure and the Rankine (nonseismic) pressure. For the stability and reinforcement computations for nonintegral Abutment Design, the height of the soil force resultant could be obtained by assuming that the nonseismic resultant force by Rankine theory acts at H/3 from the bottom of the backwall, while the seismic resultant force should be taken to act at a height of 0.6H. H is defined as the height of the backwall. See AASHTO Div. IA Commentary for a description of MononobeOkabe active seismic soil pressure computations.
 4) Design nonintegral bent backwalls for shear due to soil pressure on the fill face of the backwall. The design section is at the base of the backwall, just above the beam. Use φ = 0.85 for shear, as in AASHTO 8.16.6.
 5) Design nonintegral bent backwalls for flexure due to soil pressure on the cantilevered backwall. The design section is at the base of the backwall, just above the beam. Use φ = 0.90 for flexure in AASHTO 8.16.3.
 6) Design the backwall for flexure with the restrainers engaged (in tension) on the cantilevered backwall. In general, the soil pressure on the backwall can be neglected because it will be tensile when the restrainers are in tension, due to the separating motion of the superstructure. The design section is at the base of the backwall, just above the beam. Use φ = 0.90 for flexure in AASHTO 8.16.3.
 7) Design the thickness of the backwall when restrainer anchor plates are present. For twoway shear (AASHTO 8.16.6), the design section is a rectangle surrounding the anchor plate. The design of anchor studs for restrainer anchor plates is described in EPG 751.9.3.1.3.
Deadman Anchors
 8) Design deadman anchors, if present, as in EPG 751.40 LFD Widening and Repair.
751.9.3.3 Intermediate Bent Design
751.9.3.3.1 Column/Footing Intermediate Bents
Analysis
1) From dynamic analysis, determine seismic (EQ) force and moment demands at top and bottom of columns. These full elastic (R=1) forces assume elastic response under seismic loads.
2) Determine dead load demands (DL) at top and bottom of columns.
3) Calculate magnified moment due to full elastic, , and modified elastic, , moments (including minimum moment from eccentricity) at top and bottom of columns. Secondorder effects shall also be considered.
Elastic Design, Without Plastic Hinging
4) Check the column (the size and reinforcement required for Groups IVI is the minimum size column) using the full elastic (R=1) moments from Step (3) and φ = 0.75 to 0.9, as per AASHTO 8.16.1.2. Calculate 8 cases at 8 axial loads (P3max, P3min, P4max, P4min, at both top and bottom of each column):
 For LC 1.0*L + 0.3*T: a) P3max = DL + EQ, b) P3min = DL  EQ
 For LC 0.3*L + 1.0*T: a) P4max = DL + EQ, b) P4min = DL  EQ
If the column requires only a few bars to be designed elastically, then add a few bars rather than design the column for plastic hinging.
If UP/AP ≥ 1.0 (Ultimate moment over Applied resultant moment), then skip to Step (7) for no plastic hinging. Else, if UP/AP < 1.0, then perform Steps (5) and (6) first, considering plastic hinging.
Plastic Design, With Hinging
5) If UP/AP < 1.0 in Step (4), then determine the column size and reinforcement required for modified elastic (R=5) moments using φ = 0.5 to 0.9 as per AASHTO Div. IA, Section 7.6.2(B). The column design required for Groups IVI loads is the minimum size. Generate the column PM interaction capacity curve. Plot the 8 combinations of axial and modified elastic moment on the same graph. If all the points lie within the curve, then the design is sufficient. If not, add bars and replot the curve until all points barely lie within the curve.
6) Determine the overstrength (φ = 1.3) plastic moment capacities of the column sized in step (5) as per AASHTO Div. IA, Section 7.2.2. Use any nonlinear pushover analysis program to determine the column overstrength moment, 1.3M_{p}, at the bent failure mechanism stage. If a nonlinear pushover analysis program is not available, any static analysis program can be used by designating the hinging locations at top and/or bottom of column, use a joint release, then apply the overstrength plastic moment as a joint load.
Column Shear
7) Check column shear reinforcement (spirals) as required in AASHTO Div. IA, Section 6.6.2 & 7.6.2, which specifies the required reinforcement ratio.
= ratio of volume of provided spiral reinforcement to total volume of concrete core, no units
A_{s}= crosssectional area of one leg of spiral, sq. in.
D_{c}= diameter of spiral, outtoout, inches
d_{b}= bar diameter of spiral, inches
A_{c}= area of core, outtoout of spirals, sq. in.
s = spiral pitch or spacing, inches
For computation of shear demand, consider the possibility that hinging could occur between the top of the footing and the mud line, instead of at the column/footing junction. This situation could occur on footings with large overburdens and soils with high SPT blow counts, which could cause a shorter effective column length and a larger column shear demand.
Footing Design
8) Design footings under Load Factor Design with φ = 0.90 for flexure and φ= 0.85 for shear, as per AASHTO 8.16.1.2.
 Compare the moments from steps (4) and (6). If step (4) moments are lesser, then size the footings for the full elastic loads from step (4).
If step (6) moments are lesser, then size the footings for the overstrength plastic column moment capacities (M_{op}) from step (6) in all directions of possible hinging: a) Inplane hinging at its corresponding axial load, b) Outofplane hinging at its corresponding axial load
 For spread footing pressure, keep resultants in the middle 2/3 of the footing.
 For the footing shear check, use Load Factor Design, with φ = 0.85.
 For footing reinforcement design, use Load Factor Design, with φ = 0.90. For spread footings, design top steel for weight of footing + weight of soil. For pile footings, design the top of footing reinforcement for weight of footing + weight of soil + seismic pile
tension. Check pile requirements in AASHTO Division IA, Section 6.4.2 or 7.4.2.
Beam Design
9) Design beams under Load Factor Design, with φ = 0.90 for flexure and φ = 0.85 for shear, as per AASHTO 8.16.1.2.
 If the column design was OK (no hinging) under full elastic loads from Step (4), then consider dead loads and the seismic inplane topofcolumn shears and axial loads (for PΔ effects) for the beam design.
 If the column design was controlled by modified elastic loads (with plastic hinging) from Step (5), then consider dead loads and the overstrength (φ = 1.3) plastic moments from Step (6) for the beam design. In this case, designate the hinging location as a support, use
a joint release, then apply the overstrength plastic moment as a joint load.
 For either elastic or plastic loads, design the beam for negative moments and for shear at faces of equivalent square columns, and design for maximum positive moments in between columns.
TJoint Connection Design
10) Check the beam/column Tjoint stresses and the column/footing Tjoint stresses as described in EPG 751.9.3.1.7.
751.9.3.3.2 Pile Cap Intermediate Bents
Definitions of Terms
In AASHTO Div. IA Sections 6 & 7, some AASHTO terms are different from MoDOT terms. AASHTO's "pile caps" are caps of pile footings or beam caps of pile bents, and are considered "foundations". AASHTO's "pile bents" are what MoDOT calls pile cap intermediate bents, and piles on pile bents are treated as columns, not as "foundations". MoDOT's CIP piles are considered in AASHTO both as "concretefilled pipe piles" and as "CastinPlace concrete piles" with the shell considered as both longitudinal reinforcement and as shear reinforcement.
Additional Information 
AASHTO LRFD Specs., 5.10.11.4.1c&d&e, 5.13.4.5, 5.13.4.6 
AASHTO Division I, 4.5.17.4 
For drilled shafts and piles, a plastic hinge developed above the ground line is allowed for trestle piles (at intermediate bents), but not for foundation piles (below the ground line). "Trestle" and "foundation" piles are as defined in EPG 751.40 LFD Widening and Repair.
Analysis of Bent
1) Model the bent according to EPG 751.9.2.8.1 or EPG 751.9.2.8.2.
2) From dynamic analysis, determine seismic (EQ) axial, moment and shear force demands of the piles. These full elastic (R=1) forces assume elastic response under seismic loads.
3) Determine dead load (DL) axial, moment and shear force demands of the piles.
Elastic Design, Without Hinging
4) The minimum pile size and reinforcement is that which was required for Groups IVI. Check the minimum pile size using the full elastic (R=1) moments from Step (2) and φ = 0.75 to 0.9, as per AASHTO 8.16.1.2. Analyze the pile for axial / moment (PM) interaction capacity for CIP piles. Steel piles are analyzed for buckling and for combined stresses as described in the AASHTO references.
Additional Information 
AASHTO Div. IA,7.5.2 & AASHTO Div. I, 10.36 & 10.54 
Analyze the pile at 4 axial loads (P3max, P3min, P4max, and P4min):
 For LC 1.0*L + 0.3*T: a) P3max = DL + EQ, b) P3min = DL  EQ
 For LC 0.3*L + 1.0*T: a) P4max = DL + EQ, b) P4min = DL  EQ
The shell of CIP piles provides shear reinforcement and longitudinal flexural reinforcement (see equations below). See EPG 751.40 LFD Widening and Repair for the design thickness of the shell.
If UP/AP ≥ 1.0, or if UP/AP ≥ 1.0 by adding only a few bars, then skip to Step (8) for no hinging. Else, if UP/AP < 1.0 or if it takes too many added bars to increase UP/AP to more than 1.0, then perform Steps (5) or (6) first, considering plastic hinging.
Plastic Design, With Hinging
5) If UP/AP < 1.0 for pile above the ground line in Step (4), then determine the pile size and reinforcement required for modified elastic (R=3 for vertical piles only and R=2 for one or more battered piles) moments using φ = 0.5 to 0.9 as described in AASHTO Div. IA, Section 7.6.2(B). The pile design required for Groups IVI loads should be the minimum design. Generate the pile PM interaction curve. For steel HP piles, combined stresses are computed as described in EPG 751.9.2.10.2. Plot the 4 points of axial and modified elastic moment on the same graph. If all the points lie within the curve, then the design is sufficient. If not, add bars or use a larger pile size, and replot the capacity curve until all points barely lie within the curve. Use R=1 to design pile under the ground line.
6) If a nonlinear pushover analysis program is available, determine the plastic hinge locations based on the horizontal bent displacements from the seismic analysis. If any plastic hinges occurred below the ground line, redesign the bent by increasing the total number of pile or pile size, etc.
7) The end regions of concrete piles should be reinforced for plastic hinging. Refer to Fig. 751.9.3.3.2 for the following terms.
 A = the greater of (D/2 or 15")
 B = the greater of (2*D or H/6 or 24")
 D = the pile diameter, in inches
 G = A + B = the length of the upper plastic hinging region, in inches
 H = the pile clear height, from bottom of beam to mud line, inches
AASHTO Div. IA, 7.6.2(D) specifies the reinforcement ratio required, and the provided reinforcement ratio is given by:
Shells of CIP Piles:
 Provided = the ratio of volume of reinforcement provided by
the shell to the total volume of the concrete core, no units.
 Where: t = Shell thickness
 D = Core Diameter
Spirals:
 Provided = the ratio of volume of reinforcement provided by the spiral to the total volume of the concrete core, no units.
 = crosssectional area of one leg of spiral, sq. in.
 Where: D_{C}= diameter of spiral, outtoout, inches
 d_{b}= bar diameter of spiral, inches
 A_{c}= area of core, outtoout of spirals, sq. in.
 s = spiral pitch or spacing, inches
Steel piles shall be provided with shear connector angles for anchorage.
Additional Information 
AASHTO Div. IA, 7.4.2(C) & Bridge Manual Section 3.72, 4.6 & 5.5 
Beam Design
8) Design beams under Load Factor Design, with φ = 0.90. If the pile design was OK (no hinging) under full elastic loads from Step (4), then consider dead loads and the seismic inplane topofcolumn shears and axial loads (for PΔ effects) for the beam design. If the column design was controlled by modified elastic loads (hinging) from Steps (5) or (6), then apply dead loads and the overstrength (φ = 1.3) plastic moments from Steps (5) or (6). For either elastic or plastic loads, design the beam for the negative moments at faces of equivalent square piles and for the maximum positive moments in between piles. Check shear in the beam at the faces of the equivalent square piles. Minimum beam width shall be as per EPG 751.40 LFD Widening and Repair, but should also provide 6 in. concrete cover outside piles as per AASHTO Div. I Section 4.5.15.2. Note that for 20 in. and 24 in. CIP piles, the standard 30 in. integral end bent beam width must be enlarged to 32 in. and 36 in., respectively.
TJoint Connection Design
9) Check the beam/pile Tjoint stresses as described in EPG 751.3.1.7.
751.9.3.3.3 Drilled Shaft Intermediate Bents
Drilled shafts (also called "Pedestal Piles") are described in EPG 751.40 LFD Widening and Repair. In the following discussion, the portion of the pedestal pile above ground will be referred to as the "column". The portion of the pedestal pile below ground will be referred to as the "shaft". Most drilled shafts have a shaft diameter larger than the column diameter, as shown below in Fig. 751.9.3.3.3. Drilled shafts are drilled or augered in, whereas piles are driven into place.
The following discussion of drilled shafts assumes that the pile diameter is larger than the column diameter. The column portion is allowed to plastic hinge, but the shaft portion is not allowed to hinge.
Sometimes, there is an enlarged bell at the bottom when required for bearing pressure. EPG 751.40 Widening and Repair (NoonLRFD) allows this bell only in SPC A, but unusual situations might require a bell in other Seismic Performance Categories. If a bell is required in SPC B, C or D, then reinforcement should be provided around the outside of the bell, in order to prevent local crushing of the bell.
Drilled shafts with no bell are socketed into rock a minimum distance of 1.5 times the shaft diameter and are considered fixed at the rock line. Drilled shafts with a bell are considered pinned at the rock line.
Analysis of Bent
1) Model the bent according to Sections 6.1.2.8.1 and 6.1.2.8.2.
2) From the dynamic analysis, determine seismic (EQ) axial, moment and shear force demands at "top of column" (near the beam/column joint) and at "bottom of column" (near the column/shaft joint). These full elastic (R=1) forces assume elastic response under seismic loads.
3) Determine dead load (DL) axial, moment and shear force demands at "top of column" and at "bottom of column".
4) Plastic hinging of the column portion of a drilled shaft is allowed for trestle piles (intermediate bents), but not for foundation piles (end bents), as defined in EPG 751.40 LFD Widening and Repair. The shaft portion of a drilled shaft is considered a "foundation" in AASHTO Div. IA, 7.2.1(B), so plastic hinging of the shaft portion of a drilled shaft is not allowed. Calculate the full elastic moments at all tenthpoints of the entire column & shaft, and calculate the modified elastic moments at tenthpoints of the column portion.
Column Design, Without Hinging
5) Check the column portion and shaft portion (the minimum size and reinforcement is that which was required for Groups IVI) using the full elastic (R=1) moments from Step 5 and φ = 0.75 to 0.9, as per AASHTO 8.16.1.2. Analyze the column and shaft for axial / moment (PM) interaction capacity. Analyze the column at 8 axial loads (P3max, P3min, P4max, and P4min, top and bottom):
 For LC 1.0*L + 0.3*T, a) P3max = DL + EQ, b) P3min = DL  EQ
 For LC 0.3*L + 1.0*T, a) P4max = DL + EQ, b) P4min = DL  EQ
If UP/AP ≥ 1.0 or if UP/AP ≥ 1.0 by adding only a few bars, then skip to Step (8) for no hinging. Else, if UP/AP < 1.0 or if too many bars must be added, then perform Steps (6) and (7) first, for column plastic hinging.
Plastic Column Design, With Hinging
6) If UP/AP < 1.0 in Step (4), then the column portion is designed for modified elastic moments (R=5), and the shaft portion is designed as a foundation (R=1). Determine the column size and reinforcement required for modified elastic (R=5) moments using φ = 0.5 to 0.9 as described in AASHTO Div. IA, Section 7.6.2(B), with the column design required for Groups IVI loads as the minimum. Generate the column PM interaction curve for drilled shafts. Plot the combinations (as in Step (5) above) of axial and modified elastic moment on the same graph for all 8 points on the column portion. If all the points lie within the curve, then the column design is sufficient. If not, add bars and replot the capacity curve until all points barely lie within the curve.
Additional Information 
AASHTO Div. IA, 7.2.2(B), Step 2 
7) The end regions of columns should be reinforced for plastic hinging. The end region length at either end of the column is the larger of (two times the column diameter, onesixth of the clear height of the column, and 24 inches). The spiral at the bottom end of the column shall continue into the shaft for a distance equal to the greater of (half the column diameter or 15 inches).
Design column shear reinforcement (spirals) for the required reinforcement ratio described in the reference below.
Additional Information 
AASHTO Div. IA, Section 7.4.2 & 7.6.2 
For the provided reinforcement ratio of spirals:
 Provided = the ratio of volume of provided spiral reinforcement to total volume of concrete core, no units.
Where:
 A_{s}= crosssectional area of one leg of spiral, sq. in.
 D_{c}= diameter of spiral, outtoout, inches
 d_{b}= bar diameter of spiral, inches
 A_{c}= area of core, outtoout of spirals, sq. in.
 s = spiral pitch or spacing, inches
Shaft Design
8) The design moments for the shaft shall be the lesser of the full elastic moments (R=1) from Step (5) and the overstrength plastic moment capacity (φ = 1.3) of the column sized in step (6).
Additional Information 
AASHTO Div. IA, Section 7.2.1(B) & 7.2.2 & 7.2.6 
Beam Design
9) Design the beam under Load Factor Design, with a flexural φ = 0.90 and a shear φ = 0.85. If the column design was OK (no hinging) under full elastic loads from Step (5), then apply dead loads and the seismic inplane topofcolumn shears and axial loads for the beam design. If the column design was controlled by modified elastic loads (hinging) from Step (6), then apply dead loads and the overstrength (φ = 1.3) plastic moments from Step (6). For either elastic or plastic loads, design the beam for the negative moments at faces of equivalent square columns and for the maximum positive moments in between columns. Check shear in beams according to hinging or no hinging.
TJoint Connection Design
10) Check the beam/column Tjoint stresses as described in EPG 751.9.3.1.7.
751.9.3.3.4 Integral Intermediate Bents
The difference between a standard intermediate bent and an integral intermediate bent is shown in Fig. 751.9.3.3.4.
On standard intermediate bents, the beam stirrups are completely contained within the beam, and a line of dowels creates only a "pinned" connection with the diaphragm and superstructure. Due to the roofing felt and the dowels, the "pinned" connection theoretically does not transfer moments between the superstructure and the substructure. A standard (nonintegral) intermediate bent therefore exhibits singlecurvature bending out of the plane of the bent. Inplane bending is doublecurvature due to the moment connections between beam and columns or between beam and piles.
On an integral intermediate bent (nonstandard), the beam stirrups extend up into the diaphragm (similar to standard integral end bents), making a "fixed" connection which can transfer moments between the superstructure and the substructure. This fixed connection makes the integral intermediate bent exhibit doublecurvature bending out of the plane of the bent. Inplane bending is also doublecurvature due to the moment connections between beam and columns or beam and piles.
When to Use Integral Intermediate Bents
1) When (KL)/R > 100 for piles or drilled shafts and a larger diameter member is not acceptable. This situation can be improved by making the intermediate bent integral, causing doublecurvature outofplane bending (K = 1.2) instead of singlecurvature outofplane bending (K = 2.0), thus reducing (KL)/R.
2) When the percentage of the total seismic force at the end bents is so high that other remedial actions are ineffective (see EPG 751.9.2.10). This situation can be improved by making the intermediate bents integral, which makes them stiffer and helps to distribute some of the excessive force from the end bents to the intermediate bents.
3) Sometimes, making the bent integral can help to stiffen up the entire bridge, decrease the period, and may improve the situation.
751.9.3.4 Cross Frame Analysis and Design
Recent earthquakes indicate that many steel bridges have suffered cross frame damage. Cross frames provide an important load path for the seismic force acting on slabongirder steel bridges. Cross frames shall be able to transmit all lateral forces from the superstructure to the bearings. The lateral seismic force at an individual bent calculated from the seismic analysis shall be proportionally distributed to the individual cross frames over the bent.
For details of cross frames, see EPG 751.40 LFD Widening and Repair. The components of cross frames including top and bottom chords and diagonal angle members shall be designed based on allowable stress design with consideration of the eccentric axial load and buckling stresses. Welding sizes at gusset plate connection shall also be designed for the seismic load. Cross frames shall remain elastic when subjected to the seismic force.
The following cross frame model may be used for the structural analysis of cross frames:
Study (S.M. Zahrai and M. Bruneau, 1999) has shown that bearing stiffeners provide the main stiffness for girders; in other words, using a longer length of girder (greater than 20 inches) in the model in Fig. 751.9.3.4.1 results in no significant difference in model stiffness. Based on the cross frame model in Fig. 751.9.3.4.1, the following structural analysis model can be considered:
In Fig. 751.9.3.4.2, I_{y} = moment of inertia of the stiffened stub girder (mainly due to the bearing stiffeners) in the lateral direction (i.e. yy direction). The above model assumes full fixity at the concrete deck and zero fixity at the flexible bearings such as elastomeric bearings.
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