Contact: Emil Venere
Caption: This graphic illustrates a new design for the framework of columns and beams that support bridges, called "bents," to improve performance for better resistance to earthquakes, less damage and faster on-site construction. The faster construction is achieved by prefabricating the columns and beams off site and later erecting and connecting them quickly at the construction site.
Credit: (University of Washington, Seattle/NEES photo) -- A publication-quality graphic is available at http://www.purdue.edu/uns/images/2014/nees-connector.jpg.
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