Among the load scenarios considered for the serviceability assessment of human-induced footbridge vibration, is that of the transient action of a single pedestrian or a small group of pedestrians. Although such action is stochastic due to the variability of gait parameters, available Codes and Guidelines all assume it is deterministic and equal to that coming from the “worst pedestrian ever” for the given footbridge. This approach is sound from an engineering point of view but does not allow control of the probability of failure. The present work deals with a reliability-based procedure for the serviceability assessment of the footbridge peak characteristic accelerations due to pedestrian induced actions. Based on the results obtained incorporating the effects of the inter-subject variability of gait parameters and of the uncertainties in footbridge dynamic properties, a design response spectrum is proposed for both vertical and lateral vibrations. The proposed procedure lends itself for immediate Code implementation.

Probabilistic assessment of footbridge response to single walkers

Picozzi V.;Avossa A. M.
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Ricciardelli F.
2022

Abstract

Among the load scenarios considered for the serviceability assessment of human-induced footbridge vibration, is that of the transient action of a single pedestrian or a small group of pedestrians. Although such action is stochastic due to the variability of gait parameters, available Codes and Guidelines all assume it is deterministic and equal to that coming from the “worst pedestrian ever” for the given footbridge. This approach is sound from an engineering point of view but does not allow control of the probability of failure. The present work deals with a reliability-based procedure for the serviceability assessment of the footbridge peak characteristic accelerations due to pedestrian induced actions. Based on the results obtained incorporating the effects of the inter-subject variability of gait parameters and of the uncertainties in footbridge dynamic properties, a design response spectrum is proposed for both vertical and lateral vibrations. The proposed procedure lends itself for immediate Code implementation.
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