Transverse Vibrations in Beams Supported by a Piece-Wise Homogeneous Visco-Elastic Foundation

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Transversal vibrations induced by a load moving uniformly along an infinite beam resting on a piece-wise homogeneous visco-elastic foundation are studied. Special attention is paid to the additional vibrations, conventionally referred to as transition radiations, which arise as the point load traverses the place of foundation discontinuity. The governing equations of the problem are solved by the normalmode analysis. The solution is expressed in a form of infinite sum of orthogonal natural modes multiplied by the generalized coordinate of displacement. The natural frequencies are obtained numerically exploiting the concept of the global dynamic stiffness matrix. This ensures that the frequencies obtained are exact. The methodology has restrictions neither on velocity nor on damping. The approach looks simple, though, the numerical expression of the results is not straightforward. A general procedure for numerical implementation is presented and verified. To illustrate the utility of the methodology parametric optimization is presented and influence of the load mass is studied. The results obtained have direct application in analysis of railway track vibrations induced by high-speed trains when passing regions with significantly different foundation stiffness.
Original languageUnknown
Title of host publicationnone
PublisherCivil-Comp Press, Stirlingshire, UK
ISBN (Print)978-1-905088-32-4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2009
Event12th International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing -
Duration: 1 Jan 2009 → …


Conference12th International Conference on Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering Computing
Period1/01/09 → …

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