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Optimization of Pre-Tensioning Cable Forces in Highly Redundant Cable-Stayed Bridges

Asgari, Banafsheh and Osman, Siti Aminah and Adnan, Azlan (2015) Optimization of Pre-Tensioning Cable Forces in Highly Redundant Cable-Stayed Bridges. International Journal Of Structural Stability And Dynamics, 15 (1). ISSN 2191-9542

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1142/S0219455415400052

Abstract

Cable-stayed bridges have been developing rapidly in the last decade and have become one of the most popular types of long-span bridges. One of the important issues in the design and analysis of cable-stayed bridges is determining the pre-Tensioning cable forces that optimize the structural performance of the bridge. Appropriate pre-Tensioning cable forces improve the damaging effect of unbalanced loading due to the deck dead load. Because the cable-stayed structure is a highly undetermined system, there is no unique solution for directly calculating the initial cable forces. Numerous studies have been conducted on the specification of cable pre-Tensioning forces for cable-stayed bridges. However, most of the proposed methods are limited in their ability to optimize the structural performance. This paper presents an effective multi-constraint optimization strategy for cable-stayed bridges based on the application of an inverse problem through unit load method (ULM). The proposed method results in less stresses in the bridge members, more stability and a shorter simulation time than the existing approaches. The finite element (FE) model of the Tatara Bridge in Japan is considered in this study. The results show that the proposed method successfully restricts the pylon displacement and establishes a uniform deck moment distribution in the simulated cable-stayed bridge; thus, it might be a useful tool for designing other long-span cable-stayed bridges.

Item Type:Article
Subjects:A General Works
ID Code:58726
Deposited By: Haliza Zainal
Deposited On:04 Dec 2016 12:07
Last Modified:02 Mar 2017 11:34

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