Computer-assisted design methodology for bridge scour counter measures

Thesis Type: Postgraduate

Institution Of The Thesis: Middle East Technical University, Faculty of Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering, Turkey

Approval Date: 2013

Thesis Language: English

Student: Mehmet Sinan Yıldırım



Scour at bridge piers is considered as a significant safety hazard. Hence, scour countermeasure design plays a critical role to hinder the scour potential at bridges. The selection methodology for a scour countermeasure varies with respect to site conditions, economy, availability of material and river characteristics. The aim of this study is to review the literature on this topic to gather universally accepted design guidelines. A user-friendly computer program is developed for decision-making in various sequential steps of countermeasure design against scouring of bridge piers. Therefore, the program is eventually intended to select the feasible solution based on a grading system which deals with comparative evaluation of soil, hydraulic, construction and application aspects. The program enables an engineer to carry out a rapid countermeasure design through consideration of successive alternatives. A case study is performed to illustrate the use of this program.