Steel-concrete composite bridge solutions have been more and more exploited in the new high-speed (HS) lines of European railway networks. New design solutions, introduced during a period of quick expansion for railway networks, amplified open problems related to dynamic effects, train-bridge interaction phenomena, fatigue loadings, structural modelling, fatigue life and comfort. In this article, results obtained by long-term dynamic monitoring of Sesia viaduct, a medium span double-box composite bridge of the new Italian HS network, are described and analysed. Structural modal properties were determined in order to evaluate the real-time dynamic behaviour and its correlation with environmental conditions. A suitable numerical procedure was then implemented in order to identify typology, length and velocity of trains crossing the bridge, to evaluate the intensity of deck vertical accelerations as a function of train speed and to obtain a reliable evaluation of real traffic spectra. A final fatigue assessment on welded connections was executed evaluating fatigue spectra by the aforementioned real traffic spectra and assuming S-N curves obtained by suitably executed experimental tests.

A multidisciplinary approach for fatigue assessment of a steel concrete high speed railway bridge on Sesia river

SALVATORE, WALTER
2014

Abstract

Steel-concrete composite bridge solutions have been more and more exploited in the new high-speed (HS) lines of European railway networks. New design solutions, introduced during a period of quick expansion for railway networks, amplified open problems related to dynamic effects, train-bridge interaction phenomena, fatigue loadings, structural modelling, fatigue life and comfort. In this article, results obtained by long-term dynamic monitoring of Sesia viaduct, a medium span double-box composite bridge of the new Italian HS network, are described and analysed. Structural modal properties were determined in order to evaluate the real-time dynamic behaviour and its correlation with environmental conditions. A suitable numerical procedure was then implemented in order to identify typology, length and velocity of trains crossing the bridge, to evaluate the intensity of deck vertical accelerations as a function of train speed and to obtain a reliable evaluation of real traffic spectra. A final fatigue assessment on welded connections was executed evaluating fatigue spectra by the aforementioned real traffic spectra and assuming S-N curves obtained by suitably executed experimental tests.
Chellini, G; Lippi F., V; Salvatore, Walter
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