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See detailEmpirical modelling of the bifurcation behaviour of a bridge deck undergoing across-wind galloping
Andrianne, Thomas ULg; Dimitriadis, Grigorios ULg

in Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics (in press)

This work presents an empirical model capable to describe the galloping bifurcation behaviour of a bridge deck. It is based on a general polynomial form proposed by Novak, which we limit to the 5th order ... [more ▼]

This work presents an empirical model capable to describe the galloping bifurcation behaviour of a bridge deck. It is based on a general polynomial form proposed by Novak, which we limit to the 5th order. The advantage of choosing this function for modelling the vertical force coefficient is that asymmetry of the even terms is enforced in order to reproduce the sub-critical aeroelastic behaviour of the bridge deck. The coefficients of the polynomial are identified from several pairs of displacement amplitudes and the corresponding airspeeds, measured in a wind tunnel during dynamic tests on the sectional bridge model. The identification is carried out using a first order harmonic balance technique. A stability analysis is presented in order to highlight the need of such a model to catch the complete bifurcation behaviour of the system. The resulting force coefficient of this full order model is compared to the well known models of Parkinson and Novak. Finally, the concept universal curve is used in order to discuss the galloping responses of square and rectangular cylinders, in comparison with the one of the bridge deck. [less ▲]

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See detailFlow bi-stability around stay cable's sheath: Impact of roughness and circularity defect in the critical regime
Benidir, Adel; Flamand, Olivier; Gaillet, Laurent et al

in Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics (in press)

The stay cables on cable-stayed bridges have been the subject of considerable research in order to understand the origins of the dry galloping phenomenon. Surface irregularity is one of the last ... [more ▼]

The stay cables on cable-stayed bridges have been the subject of considerable research in order to understand the origins of the dry galloping phenomenon. Surface irregularity is one of the last parameters that have not been thoroughly examined. This paper focuses on static wind tunnel tests on original High Density Polyethylene cable covers in a range of Reynolds numbers from the sub-critical regime to the critical, corresponding to values ranging from Re = 9.6x104 to Re = 3.3x105. The experiment consists in testing cable covers of various diameters in order to investigate the effect of surface irregularity (roughness and circularity defect) on the mechanism of dry galloping excitation. Previous studies reported that dry galloping is caused by the appearance of a negative pressure bubble on one side of the circular cylinder at the critical Reynolds number range, leading to a rapid drop in the drag coefficient and the appearance of a non-negligible lift force. The results of the present investigation demonstrate that there is a clear correlation between the single bubble pressure pattern and the circularity defect along the tube. They further show that surface roughness has little effect on the location of the bubble. The paper also treats the spatial and temporal correlation of the instantaneous pressure pattern along the tube with respect to the circularity defect. [less ▲]

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See detailPrincipal static wind loads
Blaise, Nicolas ULg; Denoël, Vincent ULg

in Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics (2013), 113

In current wind design practice, static wind loads are usually defined to obtain, by simple static analyses, the extreme values of any structural response that would be formally obtained with a strict ... [more ▼]

In current wind design practice, static wind loads are usually defined to obtain, by simple static analyses, the extreme values of any structural response that would be formally obtained with a strict dynamic buffeting analysis. The minimum and maximum values that may reach any response define the envelope. Equivalent static wind loads (ESWLs) allow to recover extreme responses in the envelope. As a first objective, this paper formalizes a general method to determine ESWL, in a nodal basis, by extending the concept of load-response correlation, which is only valid in the background range. The general method, the displacement-response-correlation (DRC) method, covers the background and resonant contributions of the considered response. As a second objective, the paper addresses the problem of building a set of static wind loads that adequately reconstructs the envelopes of responses. The concept of principal static wind loads (PSWL) is introduced to form a reduced basis of representative loads well-suited for envelope reconstruction. Its optimality is demonstrated both analytically and with a detailed illustrative example. [less ▲]

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See detailGalloping of electrical lines in wind tunnel facilities
Chabart, Olivier; Lilien, Jean-Louis ULg

in Journal of Wind Engineering & Industrial Aerodynamics (1998), 74-76

Galloping on power lines is a difficult matter. In this paper a galloping has been reproduced in a wind tunnel on a section of an actual conductor with actual ice shape. Aerodynamics is first detailed ... [more ▼]

Galloping on power lines is a difficult matter. In this paper a galloping has been reproduced in a wind tunnel on a section of an actual conductor with actual ice shape. Aerodynamics is first detailed. Then flutter type and Den Hartod type galloping has been obtained in the wind tunnel depending on changeable ratio vertical to torsional frequencies. [less ▲]

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