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Title: Study on the role of rivulet in rain-wind-induced cable vibration through wind tunnel testing
Authors: Jing, H
Xia, Y 
Li, H
Xu, Y 
Li, Y
Keywords: Cable vibration
Fluid-structure interaction
Image processing
Rain-wind induced vibration
Water rivulet
Issue Date: 2015
Publisher: Academic Press
Source: Journal of fluids and structures, 2015, v. 59, p. 316-327 How to cite?
Journal: Journal of fluids and structures 
Abstract: Rain-wind-induced vibration (RWIV) of stay cables has become a concern in bridge engineering over the past decades. The excitation mechanism of RWIV remains unclear. Many researchers believe that the upper rivulet is crucial to RWIV. However, experimental study on rivulet is challenging and limited. The current study designs and tests a cable model of 160. mm in diameter in an open jet wind tunnel. The upper rivulet movement and cable vibration are simultaneously measured. The importance of the upper rivulet in RWIV is directly demonstrated by alternately controlling the upper and lower rivulets. The characteristics of the upper rivulet movement and the effects of this movement on RWIV are investigated in detail. The experiment shows that the rivulet-cable system is coupled, which causes the cable and upper rivulet to vibrate at different amplitudes under the same wind speed. The upper rivulet harmonic movement changes the wind loading on the cable, causing the harmonic vibration of the cable, which in turn exerts a harmonic inertia force on the rivulet. A large vibration of the coupled system then develops.
ISSN: 0889-9746
EISSN: 1095-8622
DOI: 10.1016/j.jfluidstructs.2015.09.008
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