The Paderno iron arch bridge, erected in 1889 and still used as a combined road and rail bridge, is the most important monument of 19th century iron architecture in Italy. The bridge, with an arch span of 150 m, has a total length of 266 m between the abutments and about 2600 tons of wrought iron were used in its construction. After a description of the historic structure, the paper presents the results of the experimental modal analysis of the bridge. The dynamic tests, performed in operational conditions (i.e. under traffic and wind-induced excitation) between June and October 2009, represented the first experimental survey carried out on the global characteristics of the bridge since the load reception tests (1889 and 1892) and suggested the opportunity of installing a permanent dynamic monitoring system on the bridge with Structural Health Monitoring purposes.

Ambient vibration testing and condition assessment of the Paderno iron arch bridge (1889)

GENTILE, CARMELO;SAISI, ANTONELLA ELIDE
2011-01-01

Abstract

The Paderno iron arch bridge, erected in 1889 and still used as a combined road and rail bridge, is the most important monument of 19th century iron architecture in Italy. The bridge, with an arch span of 150 m, has a total length of 266 m between the abutments and about 2600 tons of wrought iron were used in its construction. After a description of the historic structure, the paper presents the results of the experimental modal analysis of the bridge. The dynamic tests, performed in operational conditions (i.e. under traffic and wind-induced excitation) between June and October 2009, represented the first experimental survey carried out on the global characteristics of the bridge since the load reception tests (1889 and 1892) and suggested the opportunity of installing a permanent dynamic monitoring system on the bridge with Structural Health Monitoring purposes.
2011
Ambient vibration testing; Arch bridge; Damage; Iron; Operational modal analysis; Structural health monitoring
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