Dynamic response analyses of long-span cable-stayed bridges subjected to pulse-type ground motions

Hongyu Jia, Zhi Liu, Li Xu, Hao Bai, Kaiming Bi, Chao Zhang, Shixiong Zheng

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This paper presents the dynamic response analyses of a special long-span cable-stayed bridge with the main span length of 680 (m) subjected to pulse-type ground motions. The 1/100 scaled shaking table test are developed herein to verify the accuracy and correctness of the 3D finite element (FE) model of the examined long-span cable-stayed bridge on the software platform of SAP2000. To systematically investigate the influence on the seismic responses and on the selection of the nonlinear viscous damper parameters of the employed long-span cable-stayed bridge both the near-fault pulse-type ground motions and the far-field ground motions are selected as the seismic inputs of FE model. Some important conclusions are drawn that the near-fault ground motions usually causes the larger peak responses (e.g., Tower top displacement, girder end displacement, and moment of tower bottom) of the long-span cable-stayed bridge compared with the far-field motions, namely the near-fault ground motions are more destructive to the structures. The displacement responses can be amplified approximately 2–3 times and the damper parameters (Damping coefficient C and damping index α) of nonlinear viscous dampers can be affected by the ground motion characteristics. The damper parameter values are changed from the C = 3000 and α = 0.3 in far-field earthquakes to the C = 6000 and α = 0.2 in near-fault earthquakes, namely the near-fault ground motions obviously increase the demand of energy consumption of general nonlinear viscous dampers.

Original languageEnglish
Article number107591
JournalSoil Dynamics and Earthquake Engineering
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2023
Externally publishedYes


  • Long-span cable-stayed bridge
  • Pulse-type ground motion
  • Seismic response
  • Shaking table test
  • Structure analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Geotechnical Engineering and Engineering Geology
  • Soil Science


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