Influence of turbulence integral length scale on aerostatic coefficients of bridge sections

This study investigates the influence of turbulence on the aerostatic coefficients of typical bridges by obtaining force measurements via the simulation of turbulence in wind tunnels. The traditional simulation method for turbulence based on spires and grilles cannot be employed for the accurate simulation of the large integral scale of turbulence in an actual wind field. Thus, in this study, the turbulence integral length scale was effectively increased using an active control grid. The wind fields of different turbulence integral scales were generated by controlling the vibration frequency of the active control grid. The aerostatic coefficients of five typical bridge sections (single-box girder, twin-box girder, truss girder, edge girder, and edge-box girder) were measured under turbulent and uniform flow. The test results were compared and analyzed, which revealed that the drag coefficients increased in accordance with a decrease in the reduced turbulence integral length scale, and they were lower under turbulent flow than under uniform flow.


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  • Accession Number: 01761541
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 23 2020 3:06PM