The Melan beam equation modeling suspension bridges is considered. A slightly modified equation is derived by applying variational principles and by minimizing the total energy of the bridge. The equation is nonlinear and nonlocal, while the beam is hinged at the endpoints. We show that the problem always admits at least one solution whereas the uniqueness remains open although some numerical results suggest that it should hold. We also emphasize the qualitative difference with some simplified models. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

Variational formulation of the Melan equation

Gazzola, Filippo;Wang, Yongda;Pavani, Raffaella
2018

Abstract

The Melan beam equation modeling suspension bridges is considered. A slightly modified equation is derived by applying variational principles and by minimizing the total energy of the bridge. The equation is nonlinear and nonlocal, while the beam is hinged at the endpoints. We show that the problem always admits at least one solution whereas the uniqueness remains open although some numerical results suggest that it should hold. We also emphasize the qualitative difference with some simplified models. Copyright © 2016 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.
Melan equation; nonlinear nonlocal equations; suspension bridges; Mathematics (all); Engineering (all)
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