Wind Effects on Bridges
The determination of wind effects on a bridge is an important stage of the design process as they may be dynamically sensitive. Our services include preliminary estimation of wind effects, wind tunnel testing of section models for overall static loads and dynamic stability, and full aeroelastic model testing.
Windtech Consultants can conduct preliminary estimations of forces, moments and accelerations on the bridge, as well as provide advice on the dynamic stability of various bridge deck section designs at the concept design stage.
At the detailed design stage, wind tunnel testing of section models for overall static loads and dynamic stability can be undertaken. These sections test will verify the overall dynamic stability of the bridge section under wind loading and modifications to the bridge section design can be tested to improve its dynamic performance. For bridges with unique designs or that are located in wind prone areas full aeroelastic testing of the final bridge can be performed.