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OFFICE OF RESEARCH, DEVELOPMENT, AND TECHNOLOGY AT THE TURNER-FAIRBANK HIGHWAY RESEARCH CENTER

Synthesis of Aerodynamic Results from Prior Wind Tunnel Bridge Investigations Conducted in North America

Project Information

Project ID:
FHWA-PROJ-09-0036
Project Abstract:

An aerodynamic assessment, usually involving one or several wind tunnel tests, is almost always conducted on any design proposed for long-span bridges. Over the years, since the dramatic collapse of the original Tacoma Narrows Bridge, hundreds of such studies have been performed in North America. These studies have largely been performed in one of three laboratories in Canada or the Federal Highway Administration Aerodynamics Laboratory at Turner-Fairbank Highway Research Center; a few others have been conducted in select U.S. labs. The results of these investigations represent a wealth of technical information that could significantly advance our understanding and serve as an aid for design of future bridges. Unfortunately, much of the results and details of this work remain in the hands of the laboratories conducting the work and in possession of the design consultants who commissioned the work. The results that are published are not complete and are scattered about in the literature. There is a need to catalog the results of these studies so that all researchers and designers can benefit from this information.

Goals

The objective of the study is to work with other laboratories in North America to gain access to their archives so that we may collect, catalog, and synthesize valuable information from their bridge aerodynamic investigations.

Research HUB ID:
7647
Project Status:
Completed
Project Funding Amount (Contract Award Amount):
$125,000.00
Start Date:
End Date:
Public Access Plan:
No
Laboratory:
  • Aerodynamics Laboratory
Grant/Contract ID:
  • DTFH61-07-D-01034
FHWA Program Area:
  • Infrastructure
FHWA AMRP Program:
  • Structures

Contact Information

First Name:
Benjamin
Middle Initial:
A
Last Name:
Graybeal
Phone Number:
(202) 493-3122
Email Address:
Team:
Bridge Engineering Team
Office:
Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Office Code:
HRDI-40

Management Organizations

Sponsor Organization

Organization Role:
Sponsor Organization
Organization:
Federal Highway Administration: Office of Research, Development, and Technology - Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Contact Role:
Project Lead

Managing Organization

Organization Role:
Project Managing Organization
Organization:
Federal Highway Administration: Office of Research, Development, and Technology - Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Contact Role:
Project Contact

Performing Organization

Organization Role:
Performing Organization
Organization:
Federal Highway Administration: Office of Research, Development, and Technology - Office of Infrastructure Research and Development
Contact Role:
Project Contact