Berkeley engineers unveil new design to withstand quakes

05/27/2010 | San Francisco Chronicle

University of California, Berkeley engineers have designed a system to keep bridge traffic moving even during the strongest of seismic shaking from an earthquake. The design uses segmented bridges with seismic isolators between the segments. The system could also be useful for long stretches of elevated freeways and high-speed rail lines on elevated tracks, says Stephen Mahin, director of the school's Pacific Earthquake Engineering Research Center.

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