Suspension cables of a bridge

Eliminating vibrations

In a suspension bridge, the deck hangs from single cables or pairs of cables. In the case of a road bridge we analysed, they were double cables and, with moderate winds blowing transversely to the bridge, they developed vibrations of worrying amplitude.

Principia was commissioned by the designer to investigate the origin of the vibrations, which could be assigned to feedback from the leeward cable to the fluid-structure interaction phenomena. Once the cause of the vibrations was known, a simple procedure could be proposed to eliminate them.

PRINCIPIA Projects - Suspension cables of a bridge