A Study of Structural Parameters Affecting Flutter Stablility of Suspension Bridges

Frangopoulos, George (1992) A Study of Structural Parameters Affecting Flutter Stablility of Suspension Bridges. MSc(R) thesis, University of Glasgow.

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Abstract

The cable suspended bridges have been used woldwide to connect two remote points, separated usually by water. These bridges may be largely affected by wind because of the sites where they are erected, being usually near estuaries, their large proportions and their particularly flexible design because of the cables involvement in the overall stiffness of the bridge. In the present work a parametric analysis is carried out of the basic structural properties of the cable suspended bridge and the effects of these properties on the flutter stability of the bridge are investigated. In the present work two numerical approaches were used being available with the computer program 'ANSUSP'. The natural modes were firstly computed for a cable suspended bridge with the severn bridge nominal structural properties and for each modified bridge configuration and an effort was made to explain the effects of the alteration of the structural properties on the aero-elastic behaviour of the bridge. Modal analysis method was used for a wide variety of bridge structural properties and critical windspeeds were predicted. Secondly the time history method was used only for some selected bridge structural properties, being the more time consuming method of the two and flutter speeds were predicted. The results of the two methods are presented in graphs and are compared between each other and also with the results of selberg's semi-empirical equation.

Item Type: Thesis (MSc(R))
Qualification Level: Masters
Additional Information: Adviser: Alan Agar
Keywords: Civil engineering
Date of Award: 1992
Depositing User: Enlighten Team
Unique ID: glathesis:1992-75230
Copyright: Copyright of this thesis is held by the author.
Date Deposited: 19 Nov 2019 21:41
Last Modified: 19 Nov 2019 21:41
URI: http://theses.gla.ac.uk/id/eprint/75230

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