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Adaptive and semi-active vibration control of railway bridge dynamics
KTH, School of Architecture and the Built Environment (ABE), Civil and Architectural Engineering, Structural Engineering and Bridges.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-8926-2140
2012 (English)Report (Other academic)
Abstract [en]

Long Life Bridges is a Marie Curie 7th Framework Project funded under the Industry and Academia Partnerships and Pathways call, Grant Agreement No. 286276. The Project commenced in September 2011 and is continuing for 4 years until August 2015. The project vision is to extend the service lives of bridges through development of advanced assessment methods. The author wishes to acknowledge the financial contribution by the European Commission in supporting the project and funding this research.

The work presented in this report has been conducted at Roughan & O’Donovan Innovative Solutions, Dublin, Ireland, during the period of January to December 2012, under supervision of Associate Professor Alan O’Connor. The author has been seconded from the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Division of Structural Engineering and Bridges.

Within the project, experimental work to develop a prototype damper has been carried out at Trinity College Dublin (TCD), Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering. A special thank goes to Dr. Kevin Ryan and the laboratory staff at the Department for the help in manufacturing and testing the prototype damper.

Full-scale testing has been performed on a railway bridge in Sweden. The tests were funded directly by the Swedish Transport Administration (Trafikverket). The instrumentation and field measurements were performed by KTH in collaboration with the author.

The work presented, denoted secondment 1.1b, deals with development of adaptive and semi-active damping systems for railway bridges. The aim of the project is to develop methods for structural vibration control with applications for railway bridge dynamics. Much of the work has been related to a case study bridge.

There is constant demand on rail authorities to increase both the allowable axle loads and the allowable speed on existing railway lines. As an example, the Swedish Transport Administration has recently investigated the possibility of upgrading part of the main lines to allow for future high-speed trains. Some lines are also being investigated with the aim of allowing ore transports with higher axle loads and longer trains. A large portion of the bridge stock was designed for significantly lower axle loads and only very few have been designed to account for dynamic effects. Increased dynamic effects may result in exceedance of dynamic design criteria, reduced service life due to fatigue, or even failure. Through better quantification of risk, it is often possible to prove that speeds can be increased with no adverse effect. However, for bridges where the level of risk is too high, a cost-effective means of reducing dynamic effects on bridges are active and semi-active control system. Semi-active control is well established in other fields and could prove to be a beneficial technique to allow train speeds to be increased.

The concept of structural vibration control is to attenuate the dynamic response of a structure by means of an external damping device. Due to changes in either loading or structural behaviour, the properties of the damper device may need to be changed to efficiently mitigate vibrations. Two main principles of damper devices are commonly used; tuned mass dampers and shock absorbers. Tuned mass dampers consist of a suspended mass mounted on the main structure. Due to a phase-shift, the vibration of the suspended mass partly counteracts the corresponding motion of the main structure. Changing the stiffness of the suspended mass results in a variable adaptive tuned mass damper. Shock absorbers rely on producing the counteracting force by means of increased viscous damping. Devices with variable viscous damping are often categorised as semi-active. Fully active systems rely on producing the counteracting force by means of a load actuator. Adaptive and semi-active systems generally require much less energy to operate compared to fully active systems.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Dublin, 2012. , 102 p.
Keyword [en]
Vibration control, structural dynamics, cable damper, experiment, field measurements, finite element method
Keyword [sv]
Vibrationskontroll, strukturdynamik, kabeldämpare, experiment, fältmätningar, finita elementmetoden
National Category
Infrastructure Engineering
URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-120210OAI: diva2:613947
Long Life Bridges
EU, FP7, Seventh Framework Programme, 286276

QC 20131028

Available from: 2013-04-02 Created: 2013-04-02 Last updated: 2016-06-20Bibliographically approved

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