Thermal boundary conditions for heat transfer analysis of bridges considering non-uniform distribution of internal air temperature by computational fluid dynamics

Lu Zhang, Yushi Shan, Lingfang Li, Fei Wang, Yong Xia

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Abstract

Heat transfer analysis has been used to calculate the temperature distribution in bridges. Thermal boundary conditions play a critical role in this analysis. However, existing studies on thermal boundary conditions simplify the air temperature inside the bridge deck as uniform, which is not realistic and thus causes inaccurate simulation results. This study proposes a new approach to thermal boundary conditions in the heat transfer analysis of bridges. For the first time, computational fluid dynamics is used to calculate non-uniform air temperatures inside the bridge deck. In addition, non-approximate heat exchange equations for long-wave radiation are also incorporated into the approach. The techniques are applied to the 1377-m main span Tsing Ma Suspension Bridge to calculate the internal air temperatures of a deck segment. Transient heat transfer analysis is then conducted to calculate the time-dependent temperature distribution of the segment. As compared with the field monitoring results, the proposed approach can simulate the temperature distribution of the bridge with an average discrepancy of 0.88 °C and is more accurately than other existing approaches.

Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Civil Structural Health Monitoring
DOIs
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 2024

Keywords

  • Computational fluid dynamics
  • Field monitoring
  • Heat transfer analysis
  • Long-span suspension bridge
  • Temperature distribution
  • Thermal boundary condition

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Safety, Risk, Reliability and Quality

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