Inspired by the Melan equation we propose a model for suspension bridges with two cables linked to a deck, through inextensible hangers. We write the energy of the system and we derive from variational principles two nonlinear and nonlocal hyperbolic partial differential equations, involving the vertical displacement and the torsional rotation of the deck. We prove existence and uniqueness of a weak solution and we perform some numerical experiments on the isolated system; moreover we propose a sensitivity analysis of the system by mechanical parameters in terms of torsional instability. Our results display that there are specific thresholds of torsional instability with respect to the initial amplitude of the longitudinal mode excited.

Torsional instability and sensitivity analysis in a suspension bridge model related to the Melan equation

Falocchi A.
2019

Abstract

Inspired by the Melan equation we propose a model for suspension bridges with two cables linked to a deck, through inextensible hangers. We write the energy of the system and we derive from variational principles two nonlinear and nonlocal hyperbolic partial differential equations, involving the vertical displacement and the torsional rotation of the deck. We prove existence and uniqueness of a weak solution and we perform some numerical experiments on the isolated system; moreover we propose a sensitivity analysis of the system by mechanical parameters in terms of torsional instability. Our results display that there are specific thresholds of torsional instability with respect to the initial amplitude of the longitudinal mode excited.
Hyperbolic problem; Nonlocal term; Suspension bridges; Torsional instability
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