Floating bridges - Long span bridges - Research - Structural Dynamics - Department of Structural Engineering
- Experimental facilities
- Master thesis and student project
- Conceptual Structural Design
- Structural Mechanics
Case study: The Bergsøysund Bridge
The Bergsøysund Bridge is a unique type of floating bridge, located on the northwestern coast of Norway. Its floating span of 840 m is supported by pontoons with no mooring to the seabed; it is the second longest in the world of its kind. This fact makes it a very interesting case study. Our extensive research on floating bridges requires knowledge from several engineering fields; such as hydrodynamics, finite element analysis, and control theory.
A comprehensive structural monitoring campaign has been conducted on the Bergsøysund Bridge in order to improve the current understanding of the dynamic behaviour of floating bridges and their interaction with waves. We have also published the long-term measurements of acceleration responses and waves as an open data set.
System identification and modal analysis
Using the data from the monitoring system, the modal vibration parameters of the bridge such as natural frequencies, damping ratios, and mode shapes can be found. The results are a highly valuable asset for several applications:
Studying the dynamic behaviour of the bridge
Updating a numerical finite element model, such that it better describes the real behaviour of the bridge
Verifying and improving of the current state-of-the-art methods used for numerical modelling
The application of system identification on floating bridges is a relatively unexplored problem, and it will put the current state-of-the-art system identification methods to the test.
Inverse estimation of loads
Floating bridges represent a new phase of pushing the boundaries of civil engineering structures. This novelty also introduces engineering uncertainties in the stochastic wave loading and responses. These uncertainties can be reduced by the inverse estimation of wave loading from measured response data, a new application tested by NTNU.