Effect of hysteretic constitutive models on elasto-plastic seismic performance evaluation of steel arch bridges

  • Wang, Tong (College of Architecture & Civil Engineering, Zhejiang University) ;
  • Xie, Xu (College of Architecture & Civil Engineering, Zhejiang University) ;
  • Shen, Chi (International Project Group, Chodai Co., Ltd.) ;
  • Tang, Zhanzhan (College of Architecture & Civil Engineering, Zhejiang University)
  • Received : 2015.07.19
  • Accepted : 2016.01.11
  • Published : 2016.05.25


Modified two-surface model (M2SM) is one of the steel elasto-plastic hysteretic constitutive models that consider both analysis accuracy and efficiency. However, when M2SM is used for complex strain history, sometimes the results are irrational due to the limitation of stress-strain path judgment. In this paper, the defect of M2SM was re-modified by improving the judgment of stress-strain paths. The accuracy and applicability of the improved method were verified on both material and structural level. Based on this improvement, the nonlinear time-history analysis was carried out for a deck-through steel arch bridge with a 200 m-long span under the ground motions of Chi-Chi earthquake and Niigata earthquake. In the analysis, we compared the results obtained by hysteretic constitutive models of improved two-surface model (I2SM) presented in this paper, M2SM and the bilinear kinematic hardening model (BKHM). Results show that, although the analysis precision of displacement response of different steel hysteretic models differs little from each other, the stress-strain responses of the structure are affected by steel hysteretic models apparently. The difference between the stress-strain responses obtained by I2SM and M2SM cannot be neglected. In significantly damaged areas, BKHM gives smaller stress result and obviously different strain response compared with I2SM and M2SM, and tends to overestimate the effect of hysteretic energy dissipation. Moreover, at some position with severe damage, BKHM may underestimate the size of seismic damaged areas. Different steel hysteretic models also have influences on structural damage evaluation results based on deformation behavior and low cycle fatigue, and may lead to completely different judgment of failure, especially in severely damaged areas.


hysteretic constitutive model;modified two-surface model;steel arch bridge;fiber model;seismic response;damage evaluation


Supported by : Natural Science Foundation of China


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