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Post-Flutter Bifurcation Behavior in Long-Span Suspension Bridges

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Andrea Arena, Walter Lacarbonara

Sapienza University of Rome, Rome, Italy

Pier Marzocca

Clarkson University, Potsdam, NY

Paper No. DETC2013-12429, pp. V07AT10A062; 7 pages
  • ASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 7A: 9th International Conference on Multibody Systems, Nonlinear Dynamics, and Control
  • Portland, Oregon, USA, August 4–7, 2013
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division, Computers and Information in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5596-6
  • Copyright © 2013 by ASME


A linearized parametric continuum model of a long-span suspension bridge is coupled with a nonlinear quasi-steady aerodynamic model giving the aeroelastic partial differential equations of motion reduced to the state-space ordinary differential form by adopting the Galerkin method. Numerical time-domain simulations are performed to investigate the limit cycle oscillations occurring in the range of post-flutter wind speeds. Continuation tools are thus employed to path follow the limit cycles past the flutter speed where the Hopf bifurcation occurs. The stable post-flutter behavior, which can significantly affect the bridge by fatigue, terminate at a fold bifurcation. This result represents an important assessment of the conducted aeroelastic investigations. The stability range of the limit cycle oscillations is evaluated by carrying out sensitivity analyses with respect to the main design parameters, such as the structural damping and the initial wind angle of attack.

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