Determination of aerodynamic damping of twin cables in wet conditions through passive-dynamic wind tunnel tests

Mads Beedholm Eriksen, E. Mattiello, Christos T. Georgakis

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Abstract

Moderate amplitude cable vibrations continue to be reported on the cable-stayed Øresund Bridge, despite the presence of helical fillets and dampers. The vibrations are particularly notable in wet conditions, which would suggest a form of rain-wind induced vibrations (RWIV). A statistical operational modal analysis of the monitored vibrations revealed, in certain conditions and for specific wind velocities, the presence of negative aerodynamic damping.To investigate the observed aerodynamic damping of the twin cable arrangement further, a series of 1:2.3 scale passive-dynamic wind tunnel tests was performed at the DTU/FORCETechnology ClimaticWind Tunnel facility in Kgs. Lyngby, Denmark. Tests were performed for both dry and wet conditions, with and without helical fillets. The specific relative cable-wind angle tested was identified as critical from the aforementioned full-scale monitoring of the bridge cables. For the wet tests, the twin cable surfaces were treated in order to obtain uniform upper and lower water rivulets. The interaction between water rivulets, surface properties and the flow was found to govern the activation of the RWIV mechanism. The resulting aerodynamic damping from wet passive-dynamic wind tunnel tests showed the effect of the helical fillets in preventing the occurrence of negative aerodynamic damping, contrary to the plain cables. © 2013 Taylor & Francis Group, London, UK.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationResearch and Applications in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation
PublisherCRC Press
Publication date2013
Pages49-54
ISBN (Print)9781138000612
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
EventThe 5th international conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanichs and Computation - Cape Town, South Africa
Duration: 2 Sep 20134 Sep 2013
Conference number: 5
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Conference

ConferenceThe 5th international conference on Structural Engineering, Mechanichs and Computation
Number5
CountrySouth Africa
CityCape Town
Period02/09/201304/09/2013
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Keywords

  • Cables
  • Damping
  • Dynamics
  • Modal analysis
  • Structural design
  • Wind stress
  • Aerodynamics

Cite this

Eriksen, M. B., Mattiello, E., & Georgakis, C. T. (2013). Determination of aerodynamic damping of twin cables in wet conditions through passive-dynamic wind tunnel tests. In Research and Applications in Structural Engineering, Mechanics and Computation (pp. 49-54). CRC Press. https://doi.org/10.1201/b15963-11