How does deck equipment (median dividers and parapets) affect the aerodynamic response of long-span bridges?

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Bridge parapets raise the overall level of bluffness of long-span bridges. When the solidity ratio of barriers increases, the effect of increasing the bluffness also becomes more significant. The principal effects of deck equipment such as median dividers and parapets is that it enhances an increase in drag forces and a reduction in average value of lift force.

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  • Semmalai.s February 20, 2012 at 8:46 am

    Please give example for all type of bridge component design

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