Vibration Serviceability Assessment of Pedestrian Bridges Based on Comfort Level

Peng Feng, Zeyuan Wang, Feifei Jin, Songye Zhu

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The comfort of pedestrians on a footbridge is a rather complex problem that has been discussed for a long time. Vibration acceleration is generally accepted as the main controlling factor that influences pedestrian comfort. However, no consensus has been reached regarding which acceleration-based parameters should be used as an index for assessing comfort. Only simple comfort limits, rather than specific relationships between comfort and the corresponding indices, are currently available for assessing the vibration serviceability of a pedestrian bridge. In this study, the vibration acceleration of 21 pedestrian bridges in Beijing, China, were recorded under different service conditions, and questionnaire surveys on pedestrian comfort were conducted. The acquired testing and survey results were utilized to analyze the correlation between pedestrian comfort and bridge vibration. A procedure for assessing the vibration serviceability of pedestrian bridges considering pedestrian comfort is proposed based on the relation between pedestrian comfort and the maximum footbridge acceleration.

Original languageEnglish
Article number04019046
JournalJournal of Performance of Constructed Facilities
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 1 Oct 2019


  • Comfort evaluation
  • Footbridges
  • Maximum acceleration
  • Vibration comfort
  • Vibration serviceability assessment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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


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