Footbridge vibrations and their sensitivity to pedestrian load modelling

Lars Pedersen*, Christian Frier


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Pedestrians may cause vibrations in footbridges, and these vibrations may potentially be problematic from a footbridge serviceability point-of-view. Foreseeing (already at the design stage) unfit conditions is useful, and the present paper employs a probability-based methodology for predicting vibrational performance of a bridge. The methodology and the walking load model employed for calculation of bridge response accounts for the stochastic nature of the walking parameters of pedestrians (step frequency, step length etc.) and the end result is central statistical parameters of bridge response (quantiles of bridge acceleration) to the action of a pedestrian. The paper explores the impact that selected decisions made by the engineer in charge of computations have on the statistical parameters of the dynamic response of the bridge. The investigations involve Monte Carlo simulation runs as walking parameters are modelled as random variables and not as deterministic properties. Single-person pedestrian traffic is the load scenario considered for the investigations of the paper and numerical simulations of bridge accelerations are made for artificial but realistic footbridges.

TitelDynamics of Civil Structures, Volume 2 - Proceedings of the 37th IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, 2019
RedaktørerShamim Pakzad
Antal sider6
ISBN (Trykt)9783030121143
StatusUdgivet - 2020
Begivenhed37th IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, 2019 - Orlando, USA
Varighed: 28 jan. 201931 jan. 2019


Konference37th IMAC, A Conference and Exposition on Structural Dynamics, 2019
NavnConference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series

Bibliografisk note

Funding Information:
Acknowledgements This research was carried out in the framework of the project “Urban Tranquility” under the Interreg V program and the authors of this work gratefully acknowledge the European Regional Development Fund for the financial support.

Publisher Copyright:
© Society for Experimental Mechanics, Inc. 2020.


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