Cable Vibration due to Ice Accretions

Henrik Gjelstrup, Christos Georgakis, Allan Larsen

Research output: Contribution to conferenceConference abstract for conferenceResearch


On March 29, 2001, the Great Belt East Bridge exhibited large-amplitude hanger vibrations having elliptical orbits for wind speeds of between 16 – 18m/s. Vibrational amplitudes were in the order of 2m in the across-wind direction and 0.6m in the along-wind. In this poster, a preliminary investigation behind the causes of this relatively isolated hanger vibration event on the Great Belt East Bridge is presented. Furthermore a stability criterion for a 3DOF bluff body is proposed. One of the main assumptions of the investigation is that icy conditions may have contributed in some way to large hanger response by changing the cylindrical cross-sectional shape or partially changing the surface texture of the hangers. The change in shape or the surface texture has the effect of a change in the aerodynamic lift and drag coefficients in a certain Reynolds number range which in turn may lead to a form of “drag instability”. From the visual observations of the vibrations it is assumed that the aerodynamic moment coefficient is zero
Original languageEnglish
Publication date2007
Publication statusPublished - 2007
EventB150 - Denmark, Lyngby
Duration: 1 Jan 2007 → …


CityDenmark, Lyngby
Period01/01/2007 → …


Dive into the research topics of 'Cable Vibration due to Ice Accretions'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this