Abstract

An investigation into the dynamic behavior of a bridge with simply supported boundary conditions, carrying a moving vehicle, is performed. The vehicle has been modelled as a two degree of freedom lumped-parameter system travelling at a uniform speed. Furthermore, the bridge is assumed to obey the Euler-Bernoulli beam theory of vibration. This analysis may well be applied to a beam with different boundary conditions, but the computer simulation results given in this paper are set for only the case of freely hinged ends. Numerical solutions for the derived differential equations of motion are obtained and their close agreement, in some extreme cases, with those reported earlier by the authors are observed. Finally, the effect of speed on the maximum dynamic deflection of bridge is shown to be of much importance and hence an estimation for the critical speed of the vehicle is presented.

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