Train-Bridge Interaction – A Review and Discussion of Key Model Parameters

Research in the field of train-bridge interaction is reviewed, with a particular focus on the vertical dynamic response of the bridge. The most influential system parameters are identified and discussed, providing a basis from which to establish an appropriate degree of complexity in train and track modelling. A two-level factorial experiment is presented. This is used to highlight the relative influence of train-bridge interaction in the train-bridge model, compared with variations in other key parameters. The authors distinguish those parameter combinations in the train-bridge system that lead to a significant reduction in bridge response due to the train-bridge interaction. The present survey fills an important gap in the existing knowledge by synthesising conclusions from the vast literature on train-bridge interaction. Moreover, the knowledge is related to the European design code’s guidelines for dynamic bridge analysis. The conclusions are summarised to give a rough guidance on modelling choices for train-bridge interaction systems.


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  • Accession Number: 01536257
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Aug 14 2014 3:02PM