Strand tension control in anchor span for suspension bridge using dynamic balance theory

Da Wang, Wei Zhang, Yongming Liu, Yang Liu

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Strand tension control is essential in suspension bridge safety. However, few quantitative studies have examined the bending rigidity and boundary condition behavior of strands in the anchor span of suspension bridges because of their special structure and complex configuration. In this paper, a new calculation method for strand tension is explored by using dynamic balance theory to determine the effect of bending rigidity and boundary conditions. The accuracy and effectiveness of the proposed method are tested and confirmed with verification examples and application on Nanxi Yangtze Suspension Bridge in China. The results indicated that only low-order frequency calculation could be used to calculate the strand tension without considering the effect of bending rigidity to ensure control accuracy. The influence of bending rigidity on the control precision is related to the tension and the length of the strands, which is significantly determined by the specific value between the stress rigidity and the bending rigidity. The uncertain boundary conditions of the anchor span cable, which are fixed between consolidated and hinged, also have a major effect on the control accuracy. To improve the accuracy of strand tension control, the least squares method is proposed during the tension construction control of the anchor span. This approach can significantly improve the accuracy of the tension control of the main cable strand. Some recommendations for future bridge analysis are provided based on the results of this study.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1838-1850
Number of pages13
JournalLatin American Journal of Solids and Structures
Issue number10
StatePublished - 2016


  • Bending rigidity
  • Dynamic balance method
  • Frequency method
  • Least squares method
  • Strand tension control
  • Suspension bridge

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Materials Science(all)
  • Automotive Engineering
  • Aerospace Engineering
  • Ocean Engineering
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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