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Footbridge

Vibration

DK Lee

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1. User’s Query

Title: Time history acceleration calculation

Hi Midas,

I am using midas Civil Time history to calculation vertical acceleration due to


pedestrian crowd for a cycleway bridge, however, the results from midas
(Accmax = 0.038 m/s2) is quite different from the attached example calculations
reference (Accmax=1.16m/s2). Could you please help me to advise any issues
with my model?
Some screenshot for Midas time history analysis inputs fyi.

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1. User’s Query

Screenshot #1. Pedestrian loadings on two span continuous bridge

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Screenshot #2. Time history load case and function

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1. User’s Query
Reference example

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1. User’s Query
Reference example

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1. User’s Query
Reference example

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2. Answer

There are a few things to be fixed in your model as follows:


1. The pedestrian loads are applied in the same direction on the two spans. The load
directions on each span should be opposite to each other as shown below to obtain
worst effects. The loading direction should be determined based on the first mode shape.

Pedestrian loadings

First mode shape

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2. Answer

2. ‘End Time’ is set as 10 second in your model, which should be longer so that
the results can include the maximum response. The maximum acceleration can
be obtained by increasing it to 50 second as shown below.

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2. Answer

3. The damping ratio is set as % in your model, but it is 0.6% in the reference example.

After the revision of above points, the maximum acceleration is 1.282 m/s, which is quite
close to the value of the reference example.

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Thank you

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