Influence of Icing on Bridge Cable Aerodynamics

Holger Koss, Jesper Frej Henningsen, Idar Olsen

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In recent years the relevance of ice accretion for wind-induced vibration of structural bridge cables has been recognised and became a subject of research in bridge engineering. Full-scale monitoring and observation indicate that light precipitation at moderate low temperatures between zero and -5°C may lead to large amplitude vibrations of bridge cables under wind action. For the prediction of aerodynamic instability quasi-steady models have been developed estimating the cable response magnitude based on structural properties and aerodynamic force coefficients for drag, lift and torsion. The
determination of these force coefficients require a proper simulation of the ice layer occurring under the specific climatic conditions, favouring real ice accretion over simplified artificial reproduction. The work presented in this paper was performed to study the influence of ice accretion on the aerodynamic forces of different bridge cables types. The experiments were conducted in a wind tunnel facility capable amongst others to simulate incloud icing conditions.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 15th International Workshop on Atmospheric Icing of Structures (IWAIS XV)
Number of pages7
Publication date2013
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event15th International Workshop on Atmospheric Icing of Structures (IWAIS XV) - St. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador, St. John’s, Canada
Duration: 8 Sep 201313 Sep 2013
Conference number: 15


Conference15th International Workshop on Atmospheric Icing of Structures (IWAIS XV)
LocationSt. John’s, Newfoundland & Labrador
CitySt. John’s


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