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A Field Investigation on Vortex-Induced Vibrations of Stay Cables in a Cable-Stayed Bridge

by Wen-Li Chen 1,2,*, Donglai Gao 1,2, Shujin Laima 1,2 and Hui Li 1,2
Key Laboratory of Smart Prevention and Mitigation of Civil Engineering Disasters of Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, Harbin Institute of Technology, Harbin 150090, China
Key Lab of Structures Dynamic Behavior and Control (Harbin Institute of Technology), Ministry of Education, Harbin 150090, China
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Appl. Sci. 2019, 9(21), 4556;
Received: 12 October 2019 / Revised: 22 October 2019 / Accepted: 24 October 2019 / Published: 27 October 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bridge Dynamics)
A field study was conducted to identify the vortex-induced vibrations (VIVs) of stay cables in a cable-stayed bridge. A full-scale health-monitoring system was established to observe the wind effects of the selected cables. The vibration amplitudes in the twenty selected stay cables were first studied. The results indicate that only cable CAC20 has large amplitudes with a multimode and high-frequency vibration in the investigated period. The correlation between the wind and cable vibration was subsequently investigated. The large vibration amplitudes are primarily located in the mean speed scope of 4 to 6 m/s, simultaneously close to the reduced velocity of five when the wind was almost perpendicular to the bridge axis and had a smaller turbulence intensity. Moreover, the relationship between the maximum vibration amplitude with the mean wind speed was fitted by a function that was validated by the measured data. Finally, an estimation method was presented to predict the participative vibration modes that would happen in the VIVs of the stay cables, according to the known wind and cable parameters. The measured cable vibrations were employed to validate this estimation method. The results indicate the estimated vibration modes are close to the measured vibration modes. View Full-Text
Keywords: stay cable; vortex-induced vibration; field monitoring; wind; multimode stay cable; vortex-induced vibration; field monitoring; wind; multimode
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Chen, W.-L.; Gao, D.; Laima, S.; Li, H. A Field Investigation on Vortex-Induced Vibrations of Stay Cables in a Cable-Stayed Bridge. Appl. Sci. 2019, 9, 4556.

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