A method of analysis is presented for free vertical vibration of suspension bridges. The method takes into account the effects of shear deformation and rotary inertia, and uses a linearized theory which maintains small amplitudes of vibration. The formulation of the problem is based on the Timoshenko beam theory, and the differential equations of motion and the associated boundary conditions are derived by applying Hamilton's principle. The analysis is conducted using general solutions for the fourth order differential equation of motion. The objective of the study is to determine a sufficient number of natural frequencies and mode shapes, and to enable an accurate vibration analysis to be arrived at for higher modes. A detailed numerical example is included.

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  • Accession Number: 00387397
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Sep 28 1984 12:00AM