, Volume 52, Issue 1–2, pp 197–211 | Cite as

Estimating the standard deviation of eigenvalue distributions for the nonlinear free-vibration stochastic dynamics of cable networks

  • Luca Caracoglia
  • Gian Felice Giaccu
  • Bernardo Barbiellini


Cross-ties are used on cable-stayed bridges for mitigating wind-induced stay vibration. The system obtained by connecting two adjacent stays with a transverse cross-tie is the basic component of an “in-plane cable network”. Failures in the restrainers of cable networks have motivated investigations focusing on the nonlinear dynamics of cable networks. In these problems, the nonlinearity in the restoring force transferred by the cross-tie is used to simulate the behavior at incipient failure. The “equivalent linearization method” can be used to reduce the system of nonlinear dynamic equations to an equivalent eigenvalue/eigenvector problem, which is solved algebraically as a function of a reference amplitude parameter. Since the value of the initial vibration amplitude during aeroelastic vibration is affected by uncertainties, simulations based on stochastic processes must be considered. The resulting random nonlinear eigenvalue problem can be solved with an implementation of the standard stochastic approximation (SA). We propose here a novel numerical procedure, based on a “layered” SA algorithm, to estimate not only the mean but the standard deviation of the eigenvalue distribution as well. This method is computationally efficient and can accurately evaluate the average and standard deviation of the random eigenvalue (frequency), mode by mode. Therefore, we have now enabled a more complete and numerically efficient characterization of the frequency probability distribution.


Cable-stayed bridges Stays Wind Nonlinear vibration Stochastic approximation Monte Carlo method 



This study was supported in part by Northeastern University (NEU), Office of the Provost, “Tier-1 Seed Grant” for Interdisciplinary Research Projects in 2011–2014. The second author gratefully acknowledges the financial support of the “Regione Autonoma della Sardegna” (L.R. n. 7/2010, Grant “M4” CRP-27585 and L.R. n. 3/2008 “Rientro Cervelli”). Numerical computations were performed on the cyber-grid of the NEU’s College of Engineering; collaboration with Techila Technologies, Ltd. of Finland is gratefully acknowledged.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Luca Caracoglia
    • 1
  • Gian Felice Giaccu
    • 2
  • Bernardo Barbiellini
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Civil and Environmental EngineeringNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA
  2. 2.Department of Architecture, Design and Urban PlanningUniversity of SassariAlgheroItaly
  3. 3.Department of PhysicsNortheastern UniversityBostonUSA

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