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Wind-induced vibration of a traffic-signal-support structure with cantilevered tapered circular mast arm
journal contributionposted on 2023-05-17, 06:28 authored by Zuo, D, Letchford, CW
Traffic-signal-support structures with cantilevered mast arms are known to exhibit large-amplitude vibrations under certain wind conditions. Previous investigations of the problematic vibrations have primarily focused on the aerodynamics of the signal heads of various configurations. Based on full-scale measurement of a traffic-signal-support structure, the role of the cantilevered mast arm in the aeroelastic vibrations is studied. Contrary to previous reports that the vibrations are due to galloping of the traffic signals, this study reveals that the aeroelastic interaction between the wind and the mast arm is critical in the excitation mechanism of the vibrations. Two types of excitation mechanisms, vortex-shedding at low wind speeds and buffeting at high wind speeds, were identified.
Publication titleEngineering Structures: The Journal of Earthquake, Wind and Ocean Engineering
Department/SchoolSchool of Engineering
PublisherElsevier Sci Ltd
Place of publicationThe Boulevard, Langford Lane, Kidlington, Oxford, England, Oxon, Ox5 1Gb