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Seismic design of abutments in zone 3

Seismic design of abutments in zone 3

Seismic design of abutments in zone 3

Seeking guidance for the design of referenced item, determining the lateral load due to the soil on abutment,

RE: Seismic design of abutments in zone 3

Abutments when used with bridges are designed to seismic performance categories A, B, C or D with D being the highest.  

Having stated that, then you should be using AASHTO for bridge abutments and if so, you'll find the Mononabe-Okabe analysis for the soil pressure acting on your abutment.

Other references that deal with this subject are

Soil Dynamics - Shamsher Prakash
Foundation Engineering - Braja Das
Foundation Engineering - Joseph Bowles

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