Retrofitting Aerodynamic Performance of Bridges

by Dryver Huston, Univ of Vermont, United States,
Tim Reinhold, Univ of Vermont, United States,
Peter Vickery, Univ of Vermont, United States,
Robert Scanlan, Univ of Vermont, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Structural Design, Analysis and Testing


This paper is a review of aerodynamic retrofit techniques for long-span bridges. The discussion includes a description of the aerodynamic problems of static divergence, flutter, buffeting, vortex-shedding and vehicle interactions; and the various retrofit techniques that can alleviate these problems such as: structural and shape modifications, additional damping, tuned mass dampers, winglet dampers, and active controls.

Subject Headings: Span bridges | Rehabilitation | Aerodynamic flutter | Aerodynamics | Bridge-vehicle interaction | Bridge decks | Suspension bridges | Bridge design

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