Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)


Civil and Environmental Engineering

Document Type



Vessel collision with bridge pilings can cause a catastrophic event and are occurring at an alarming rate. Such events can lead to the collapse of a bridge, causing deaths, shutting down a primary route of transportation and costing millions of dollars in repairs. Today, the AASHTO Bridge Code gives designers a methodology toward designing bridge pilings to withstand the impact of an errant vessel. However, bridges designed before this code was written require a protective system that is capable of redirecting a colliding vessel without causing severe damage to the pilings or the vessel. This research will look into three proposed fender protective systems and determine which system would be most feasible based on the performance of each system using finite element methods. This work is mainly focused for shallow waterways with traffic consisting primarily of small boats and barges



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Committee Chair

George Voyiadjis