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A stochastic approach to cable dynamics with moving rivulets

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<mark>Journal publication date</mark>20/11/2003
<mark>Journal</mark>Journal of Sound and Vibration
Issue number2
Number of pages14
Pages (from-to)291-304
Publication StatusPublished
<mark>Original language</mark>English


This article constructs a stochastic model for the response of stay cables of cable-stayed bridges to the combined effect of wind and rain. It describes a spring-mounted section model of a stay cable in a steady wind where aerodynamic forces are modified by the dynamics of a mobile liquid rivulet. The motion of the rivulet is described by a simple stochastic process that, together with aerodynamic forces, models the complex fluid–structure interaction. Based on measured data for drag and lift coefficients and a static rivulet location, an analysis of the model suggests a new stochastic excitation mechanism for the rain–wind induced vibrations of stay cables.