Dynamic performance assessment of a novel pultruded fibre-reinforced polymer footbridge

J. W. Ngan, C. Caprani, E. Ahmadi, Y. Bai

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This paper presents the human-induced vibration assessment of the Monash University pultruded Glass Fibre Reinforced Polymer (GFRP) laboratory footbridge to investigate the suitability of current vibration serviceability design rules for such structures. This paper reports the results of the experimental modal testing of the footbridge. The experimental results were calibrated with a Finite Element (FE) numerical model. Further, a novel sequence of human walking trials were performed to assess the vibration performance under real loading conditions. Modelling of human-induced vibration response of the footbridge was also carried out. Peak accelerations from measurements and simulations are compared. The results highlight that the current guidelines are not well suited for considering vibration serviceability under human-induced vibration of footbridges.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMechanics of Structures and Materials
Subtitle of host publicationAdvancements and Challenges - Proceedings of the 24th Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials, ACMSM24 2016
PublisherCRC Press
Number of pages6
ISBN (Print)9781138029934
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2017
EventAustralasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials 2016 - Perth, Australia
Duration: 6 Dec 20169 Dec 2016
Conference number: 24th


ConferenceAustralasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials 2016
Abbreviated titleACMSM 2016


  • Experimental modal analysis
  • Finite element
  • Footbridge
  • GFRP
  • Human-induced vibration

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