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Structural Engineering and Mechanics   Volume 44, Number 5, December10 2012, pages 681-704
Dynamic response of Euler-Bernoulli beams to resonant harmonic moving loads
Giuseppe Piccardo and Federica Tubino

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    The dynamic response of Euler-Bernoulli beams to resonant harmonic moving loads is analysed. The non-dimensional form of the motion equation of a beam crossed by a moving harmonic load is solved through a perturbation technique based on a two-scale temporal expansion, which permits a straightforward interpretation of the analytical solution. The dynamic response is expressed through a harmonic function slowly modulated in time, and the maximum dynamic response is identified with the maximum of the slow-varying amplitude. In case of ideal Euler-Bernoulli beams with elastic rotational springs at the support points, starting from analytical expressions for eigenfunctions, closed form solutions for the time-history of the dynamic response and for its maximum value are provided. Two dynamic factors are discussed: the Dynamic Amplification Factor, function of the non-dimensional speed parameter and of the structural damping ratio, and the Transition Deamplification Factor, function of the sole ratio between the two non-dimensional parameters. The influence of the involved parameters on the dynamic amplification is discussed within a general framework. The proposed procedure appears effective also in assessing the maximum response of real bridges characterized by numerically-estimated mode shapes, without requiring burdensome step-by-step dynamic analyses.
Key Words
    closed form solution; Euler-Bernoulli beams; harmonic moving loads; vibrations
Giuseppe Piccardo and Federica Tubino: DICCA, University of Genoa, Via Montallegro 1, 16145 Genoa, Italy

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