Movements of the Quebec bridge's suspended span measured by GNSS technology

Authors: Santerre, RockSmadi, YoussefBourgon, Stéphanie
Abstract: The Quebec Bridge was completed in 1917 and it is still the longest cantilever bridge in the world. Overall, the actual movements of its suspended span, as detected by GNSS (between 2012 and 2013), are in fair agreement with the original design calculations: for the train loading effect on the vertical movement (17 cm for one freight train); the transversal wind load effect on the transversal movement (32 cm for a wind speed of 170 km/h); and the temperature loading effect on the ver ti cal movement of the suspended span (3.2 cm for a 50°C temperature variation). Further movements have been detected by GNSS technology, namely: the transversal and longitudinal movements of the suspended bridge span due to train passages (11 cm transversally, at the top of the suspended span, and 1 cm longitudinally); the transversal movement of the bridge caused by solar radiation (differential) conditions on both sides of the bridge (5 cm for high solar radiation values); and the longitudinal movement of the suspended span of the Quebec Bridge at temperatures lower than 6°C (7 cm to −25°C).
Document Type: Article de recherche
Issue Date: 1 December 2016
Open Access Date: Restricted access
Document version: VoR
Permalink: http://hdl.handle.net/20.500.11794/13988
This document was published in: Geomatica, 70(4): 298-312 (2016)
https://doi.org/10.5623/cig2016-405
Canadian Institute of Geomatics.
Alternative version: 10.5623/cig2016-405
Collection:Articles publiés dans des revues avec comité de lecture

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