Long-term monitoring of wind field characteristics and dynamic response of a long-span suspension bridge in complex terrain
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Original versionEngineering structures. 2017, 147 269-284. 10.1016/j.engstruct.2017.05.070
Long-term monitoring data of wind velocities and accelerations on the Hardanger Bridge are used to investigate the relationship between the wind-loading and response processes. The extensive measurement system consisting of 20 accelerometers and 9 anemometers is described as well as the local topography of the site. The wind and response characteristics are presented using scatter plots and wind rose diagrams. The considerable variability observed in the bridge dynamic response is investigated by utilizing response surface methodology. Simple parameters of the wind field are selected as the predictor variables in the analyses. The variability in response is attributed to the variable wind field, and the effects of the significant parameters on the response are presented in a statistical framework. The agreement of the findings with previous considerations and the implications on the design of long-span suspension bridges are discussed.