This study considers the vibratory characteristics of cantilever highway sign structures. During the course of the study four structures were instrumented to experimentally determine their vibration characteristics. In addition analytical studies were performed using finite element techniques. The analysis considers several types of wind loading on the structure. It was found from both the experimental and analytical work that flow induced vibration due to vehicular movement under the sign structure and also vibration due to vortex shedding from the structural elements does not result in stress levels which could be damaging to the structure. However the analysis did show that high stress levels can be expected in these structures under severe wind conditions (v = 100 mph). Experimental validation of the analytical results for this condition was not obtained. (FHWA)

  • Corporate Authors:

    North Carolina State University, Raleigh

    Center for Transportation Engineering Studies, P.O. Box 7908
    Raleigh, NC  United States  27695

    North Carolina Department of Administration

    116 W Jones Street
    Raleigh, NC  United States  27603

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Authors:
    • Edwards, J A
    • Bingham, W L
  • Publication Date: 1984-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: 124 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00392205
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: FHWA-NC-84-001 Final Rpt.
  • Files: TRIS, ATRI, USDOT
  • Created Date: Feb 28 1985 12:00AM