Performance assessment of steel truss railway bridge with curved track


  • Michal Venglár Slovak University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Structural Mechanics, Radlinského 11, 810 05 Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Katarína Lamperová Slovak University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Structural Mechanics, Radlinského 11, 810 05 Bratislava, Slovakia
  • Milan Sokol Slovak University of Technology, Faculty of Civil Engineering, Department of Structural Mechanics, Radlinského 11, 810 05 Bratislava, Slovakia



system identification, performance assessment, steel truss bridge, ambient vibration, train passage, FEM model, curved track


Non-destructive Structural Health Monitoring techniques can be incorporated into bridge integrity management by assessing structural conditions. This paper describes a performance assessment of a steel truss railway bridge in Bratislava using vibration-based techniques as a further part of maintenance in addition to standard visual inspections. To obtain the necessary data, a multipurpose measuring system was used. Various types of data were measured, e.g. accelerations, strains, and displacements. The advantage of the multipurpose measuring system was that the traffic over the bridge was not restricted, even though the bridge carries only a single curved track. Two test campaigns were conducted to assess the performance of the bridge. One campaign was devoted to measuring ambient vibrations in order to perform the operational modal analysis, and the second was carried out to measure strains and displacements during a train passage. The results show a successful system identification of the structure using ambient vibrations; and a finite element model was verified and validated by a comparison of strains and displacements, as well as by modal parameters. According to the results obtained, the structural health of the investigated bridge was satisfactory.


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