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Deck-tower interaction in the transverse seismic response of cable-stayed bridges and optimum con figurations

Camara, A. & Efthymiou, E. (2016). Deck-tower interaction in the transverse seismic response of cable-stayed bridges and optimum con figurations. Engineering Structures, 124, pp. 494-506. doi: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2016.06.017


Modern design solutions in cable-stayed bridges give a significant importance to the seismic response in the transverse direction. This work is focused on the dynamic interaction between the deck and the towers, exploring the key role of different vibration modes. An extensive parametric analysis is proposed to address the influence of the main span length, the tower geometry, the cable-system arrangement, the width and height of the deck and the soil conditions. It is demonstrated that the vibration modes that govern the seismic response of cable-stayed bridges in the transverse direction involve the interaction between the tower and the deck, but the order of these modes and the parts of the deck that are affected change with the main span length. It is also observed that the interaction between the deck and the towers during the earthquake is maximised if their isolated vibration frequencies are close to each other, leading to a significantly large seismic demand. Analytical expressions are proposed to obtain the critical frequencies of the towers for which these interactions arise, and recommendations are given to define the tower geometry in order to avoid such problematic scenarios.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2016, Elsevier. Licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International
Publisher Keywords: Cable-stayed bridges; Seismic response; High-order vibration modes; Tower–deck interaction; Tower shape; Cable arrangement; Deck width
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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