The non-stationarity of apparent bridge natural frequencies during vehicle crossing events

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Title: The non-stationarity of apparent bridge natural frequencies during vehicle crossing events
Authors: Cantero, Daniel
O'Brien, Eugene J.
Permanent link: http://hdl.handle.net/10197/7077
Date: Dec-2013
Abstract: In this paper, it is shown numerically how the natural frequencies of a bridge change during the crossing of a vehicle. An Euler-Bernoulli beam is modelled traversed by a single DOF vehicle. The use of such a simple Vehicle-Bridge interaction model is justified by the objective of providing insight into the structural dynamics of a moving load interacting with a bridge. The numerical results indicate that the variations in natural frequencies depend greatly on vehicle-to-structure frequency ratio and mass ratio. In some conditions, significant variations in modal properties are observed. Additionally, it can be analysed from the passing vehicle response. Time-frequency signal analysis of the vehicle's vertical acceleration clearly shows how the frequencies evolve during the event. The frequency localization properties of the Wavelet transform (Modified Littlewood-Paley) are exploited in analysing the signal and highlighting the relevant results.
Funding Details: European Commission - Seventh Framework Programme (FP7)
Type of material: Journal Article
Publisher: Faculty of Mechanical Engineering
Copyright (published version): 2013 Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, Belgrade
Keywords: Bridge;Natural frequency;Wavelet;Dynamics;Vibration;Non-stationary;Vehicle
Language: en
Status of Item: Peer reviewed
Appears in Collections:Civil Engineering Research Collection

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