The skew angle of a bridge is an important boundary condition that affects its behaviour under seismic loading. Although some research has been carried out to identify these effects, such investigations for the most part remain analytical with a few instances including experimental testing. In an effort to understand the effects of skew on the seismic behaviour of bridges, a number of shake table tests have been performed on a skew and a non-skew bridge model and the results have been compared. These smallscale models are representative of two-bay short-span concrete bridges and consist of
precast deck and pier elements which have been assembled using threaded bars. The results of the tests show that although the amount of deck rotation is not higher in the skew deck, this rotation is non-symmetric and may lead to unseating of the deck. It is also discussed that the results of these tests can be used in the design of ‘controlled rocking’ connections in precast bridge structures.
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