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Vibration Suppression of Wind/Traffic/Bridge Coupled System Using Multiple Pounding Tuned Mass Dampers (MPTMD)

Published: 6 March 2019
 by  MDPI
 in Sensors

Abstract: Dynamic responses of highway bridges induced by wind and stochastic traffic loads usually exceed anticipated values, and tuned mass dampers (TMDs) have been extensively applied to suppress dynamic responses of bridge structures. In this study, a new type of TMD system named pounding tuned mass damper (PTMD) was designed with a combination of a tuned mass and a viscoelastic layer covered delimiter for impact energy dissipation. Comprehensive numerical simulations of the wind/traffic/bridge coupled system with multiple PTMDs (MPTMDs) were performed. The coupled equations were established by combining the equations of motion of both the bridge and vehicles in traffic. For the purpose of comparing the suppressing effectiveness, the parameter study of the different numbers and locations, mass ratio, and pounding stiffness of MPTMDs were studied. The simulations showed that the number of MPTMDs and mass ratio are both significant in suppressing the wind/traffic/bridge coupled vibration; however, the pounding stiffness is not sensitive in suppressing the bridge vibration.
Keywords: wind/traffic/bridge coupled system / vibration suppression / energy dissipation / pounding tuned mass damper (PTMD) / multiple pounding tuned mass dampers (MPTMDs)

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