We have extensive experience in the evaluation of bridge pylons, and our investigation services are designed to identify any potential issues that could compromise the stability of your bridge.
Before any detailed study involving the use of our wind tunnels, we conduct a thorough desktop study to understand the unique challenges and requirements of each project. Based on the results of our desktop study, we can recommend the most appropriate testing methods and procedures to evaluate the bridge’s aeroelastic stability. This ensures that our clients receive accurate and reliable results while minimizing costs and maximizing efficiency.
The next step is generally to create a scale section model of the bridge pylon. This model is carefully designed to replicate the most sensitive section of the pylon under controlled conditions in a wind tunnel. We can accurately simulate the real-world conditions that the bridge will face and evaluate its stability by subjecting the model to various wind speeds, damping levels, and turbulence conditions.
In cases where the risk of an aeroelastic instability is not clearly ruled out from the section model tests or where the pylon geometry is inherently dominated by 3D features, we may recommend performing measurements using a full aeroelastic model in the wind tunnel. This advanced testing allows us to gain a comprehensive understanding of the pylon’s behavior and identify any potential issues that could compromise its stability.
Our findings from the desktop study, the scale section and full aeroelastic model tests are combined to provide a holistic assessment of the bridge pylon’s stability. We use our expertise and state-of-the-art equipment to provide accurate, reliable, and actionable results that can inform your decision-making and ensure the long-term safety and stability of your bridge.