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Vehicle-bridge interaction and driving accident risks under skew winds

Camara, A. ORCID: 0000-0002-1675-2640 (2021). Vehicle-bridge interaction and driving accident risks under skew winds. Journal of Wind Engineering and Industrial Aerodynamics, 214, article number 104672. doi: 10.1016/j.jweia.2021.104672


This paper proposes a new methodology to simulate wind fields that are non-orthogonal to the structure and to the traffic direction, and it presents the first wind-vehicle-bridge interaction (W-VBI) analysis framework to account for skew wind effects on the driving safety. The three-directional skew wind fields that are generated match well the target frequency content and correlation properties along the deck. The W-VBI methodology is applied to the study of vehicles crossing a long bridge for a wide range of wind incidence angles. It is observed that even though purely cross-winds increase the vehicle-bridge interaction, skew headwinds are more likely to cause driving accidents.

Publication Type: Article
Additional Information: © 2021. This manuscript version is made available under the CC-BY-NC-ND 4.0 license
Publisher Keywords: Skew winds; stochastic wind simulation; driving accidents; vehicle-bridge interaction; time-history analysis
Subjects: T Technology > TA Engineering (General). Civil engineering (General)
T Technology > TG Bridge engineering
Departments: School of Science & Technology > Engineering
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