Prof. James LaFave and Prof. Larry Fahnestock visited Moore, Oklahoma on June 7-9 to study the damage caused by the EF5 tornado that occurred on May 20. Their trip was sponsored by the CEE Rapid Response Grant Program, which is designed to support high-impact research related to infrastructure improvement and societal risk management in the wake of disasters.
Research Report No. FHWA-ICT-13-002 Experimental Investigation of the Seismic Response of Bridge Bearings is now published and available online. The report, which is authored by J. LaFave, L. Fahnestock, D. Foutch, J. Steelman, J. Revell, E. Filipov and J. Hajjar, describes an extensive full-scale bearing testing program that was conducted as part of the project Calibration and Refinement of Illinois’ Earthquake Resisting System Bridge Design Methodology.
- Steelman, J.S., Fahnestock, L.A., Filipov, E.T., LaFave, J.M., Hajjar, J.F. and Foutch, D.A. “Shear and Friction Response of Non-Seismic Laminated Elastomeric Bridge Bearings Subject to Seismic Demands,” Journal of Bridge Engineering, ASCE, 18 (7): 612-623, (2013). dx.doi.org/doi:10.1061/(ASCE)BE.1943-5592.0000406