A computational study on the aerodynamics of a twin-box bridge with a focus on the spanwise features

The wind flow around twin-box decks is particularly complex due to the very important role played by the slot distance between girders and the presence of the downwind box that is immersed in the wake of the upwind box. Detailed experimental studies on the three-dimensional flow features of this deck typology are certainly challenging, and CFD simulations have not tackled this problem so far. The goal of this 3D LES piece of research is to shed some light on the complex flow features around twin-box decks, particularly when the deck geometry is fully three-dimensional due to the presence of the transversal beams linking together the deck girders. Integral parameters, mean and instantaneous flow structures and spanwise correlations are studied for a segment of the Stonecutters Bridge. It has been found that the presence of the transversal beam plays a key role in the flow correlation loss, identifying, for instance, the out-of-phase shedding of vortices at different sides of the transversal beam. The numerical results agree well with experimental data in the literature, and offer a richer and more comprehensive explanation for the identified aerodynamic responses.


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  • Accession Number: 01764720
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Dec 26 2020 3:06PM