The nonlinear aeroelastic behavior of suspension bridges, undergoing dynamical in-plain instability (galloping), is analyzed. A nonlinear continuous model of bridge is formulated, made of a visco-elastic beam and a parabolic cable, connected each other by axially rigid suspenders, continuously distributed. The structure is loaded by a uniform wind flow which acts normally to the bridge plane. Both external and internal damping are accounted for the structure, according to the Kelvin-Voigt rheological model. The nonlinear aeroelastic effects are evaluated via the quasi-static theory, while structural nonlinearities are not taken into account. First, the free dynamics of the undamped bridge are addressed, and the natural modes determined. Then, the nonlinear equations ruling the dynamics of the aeroelastic system, close to the bifurcation point, are tackled by the Multiple Scale Method. This is directly applied to the partial differential equations, and provides the finite-dimensional bifurcation equations. From these latter, the limit-cycle amplitude and its stability are evaluated as function of the mean wind velocity. A case study of suspension bridge is analyzed.

### Nonlinear aeroelastic in-plane behavior of suspension bridges under steady wind flow

#### Abstract

The nonlinear aeroelastic behavior of suspension bridges, undergoing dynamical in-plain instability (galloping), is analyzed. A nonlinear continuous model of bridge is formulated, made of a visco-elastic beam and a parabolic cable, connected each other by axially rigid suspenders, continuously distributed. The structure is loaded by a uniform wind flow which acts normally to the bridge plane. Both external and internal damping are accounted for the structure, according to the Kelvin-Voigt rheological model. The nonlinear aeroelastic effects are evaluated via the quasi-static theory, while structural nonlinearities are not taken into account. First, the free dynamics of the undamped bridge are addressed, and the natural modes determined. Then, the nonlinear equations ruling the dynamics of the aeroelastic system, close to the bifurcation point, are tackled by the Multiple Scale Method. This is directly applied to the partial differential equations, and provides the finite-dimensional bifurcation equations. From these latter, the limit-cycle amplitude and its stability are evaluated as function of the mean wind velocity. A case study of suspension bridge is analyzed.
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