Seismic Design of Bridges

Term: 1st Semester – Academic Year 2020-2021

Instructor: G.M. Calvi [Associate Instructor: M. Moratti; TA: Volkan Özsaraç]

Institution: IUSS, Pavia

CFU: 6


Duration: Tentatively form 19.11.2020 to 22.12.2020

Schedule: Bridge Structures

Office hours: by appointment



To equip the students with a thorough understanding of design process of bridges, starting from conceptual design to detailed design of bridge components.

To help the student understand the load flow mechanism of various applied loads, such as truck load, impact, horizontal braking/centrifugal forces, wind and seismic loads on bridges.


Historical background of bridges and types. Review of principles reinforced concrete and prestressed concrete, steel-concrete composite structures. Design process. Construction methods. Review of applicable design codes. Structural analysis tools. Seismic performance and retrofit technologies. Investigation of bridge collapses and damages.


The students are expected to be able to understand the load-carrying capacity of various types of bridges, upon learning the structural responses to different kinds of loads. They should be able to design standard short and medium span bridges, with confidence using existing codes of practice at the end of the course.