Design Specifications for a Novel Climatic Wind Tunnel for the Testing of Structural Cables

Christos Georgakis, Holger Koss, Francesco Ricciardelli

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Abstract

The newly proposed Femern fixed link between Denmark and Germany will push the limits in engineering design. The selection of a cable-stayed or suspension bridge will lead to one of the longest bridges of its type in the world. The challenges of designing a bridge are many and the prospects of cable vibrations already preoccupy both the owners and designers. In this connection, the Danish owners/operators Femern Bælt A/S, together with Storebælt A/S, are funding a collaborative research project to examine the ways of reducing the risk of cable vibrations on a bridge solution. A novel climatic wind tunnel facility, dedicated to the testing of structural cables, is being developed as part of this research project. This paper describes the specifications and considerations for the construction of such a facility.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of The 8th International Symposium on Cable Dynamics
Publication date2009
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event8th International Symposium on Cable Dynamics - Paris, France
Duration: 20 Sep 200923 Sep 2009
Conference number: 8
http://www.aimontefiore.org/iscd2009/

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Conference8th International Symposium on Cable Dynamics
Number8
CountryFrance
CityParis
Period20/09/200923/09/2009
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