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Wind and Structures
  Volume 12, Number 3, May 2009 , pages 239-257

POD-based representation of the alongwind Equivalent Static Force for long-span bridges
Alessandra Fiore and Pietro Monaco

    This paper develops and discusses a method by which it is possible to evaluate the Equivalent Static Force (ESF) of wind in the case of long-span bridges. Attention is focused on the alongwind direction. The study herein carried out deals with the classical problems of determining the maximum effects due to the alongwind action and the corresponding ESFs. The mean value of the maximum alongwind displacement of the deck is firstly obtained both by the spectral analysis and the Gust Response Factor (GRF) technique. Successively, in order to derive the other wind-induced effects acting on the deck, the Gust Effect Factor (GEF) technique is extended to long-span bridges. By adopting the GRF technique, it is possible to define the ESF that applied on the structure produces the maximum alongwind displacement. Nevertheless the application of the ESF so obtained does not furnish the correct maximum values of other wind-induced effects acting on the deck such as bending moments or shears. Based on this observation, a new technique is proposed which allows to define an ESF able to simultaneously reproduce the maximum alongwind effects of the bridge deck. The proposed technique is based on the GEF and the POD techniques and represents a valid instrument of research for the understanding of the wind excitation mechanism.
Key Words
    Long-span bridge; alongwind effects; Proper Orthogonal Decomposition; Gust Effect Factor technique; Equivalent Static Force
Alessandra Fiore and Pietro Monaco; Politecnico di Bari, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Via Orabona 4, 70125 Bari, Italy

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