Jordan Journal of Civil Engineering

Passive Control of Bridges


A. Michalopoulos; Th. Nikolaidis; G. E. Stavroulakis; C.C Baniotopoulos;


In the design of bridges with large spans, the significant values of the moments at the main deck-structure require very heavy members, either in the case of a beam or a truss deck-structure. In order to minimize the influence of bending moments, several applications of passive control of displacements using cable nets are herein proposed. The base for all the proposed systems is the cables supported beam nets with additional prestressing control on support cables to optimize the structural behavior of the system. The passive control design problem leads to an optimal control problem for structures governed by variational inequalities. In this presentation several bridge systems are proposed and studied as applications of this method.


Bridges, Passive Control.