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Maderas. Ciencia y tecnología

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DE ALCANTARA SEGUNDINHO, Pedro Gutemberg; ALVES DIAS, Antonio  and  CARREIRA, Marcelo Rodrigo. Evaluating vibrations on a small-scale model of a timber footbridge. Maderas, Cienc. tecnol. [online]. 2011, vol.13, n.2, pp.143-152. ISSN 0718-221X.

In Brazil, the study of pedestrian-induced vibration on footbridges has been undertaken since the early 1990s, for concrete and steel footbridges. However, there are no recorded studies of this kind for timber footbridges. Brazilian code ABNT NBR 7190 (1997) gives design requirements only for static loads in the case of timber footbridges, without considering the serviceability limit state from pedestrian-induced vibrations. The aim of this work is to perform a theoretical dynamic, numerical and experimental analysis on simply-supported timber footbridges, by using a small-scale model developed from a 24 m span and 2 m width timber footbridge, with two main timber beams. Span and width were scaled down (1:4) to 6 m e 0.5 m, respectively. Among the conclusions reached herein, it is emphasized that the Euler-Bernoulli beam theory is suitable for calculating the vertical and lateral first natural frequencies in simply-supported timber footbridges; however, special attention should be given to the evaluation of lateral bending stiffness, as it leads to conservative values.

Keywords : Timber footbridges; pedestrian-induced vibrations; serviceability limit state; small-scale model.

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