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How does flatter affect the stability of long bridges?

Flutter is a potentially destructive vibration and it is self-feeding in nature. The aerodynamic forces on a bridge, which is in nearly same natural mode of vibration of the bridge, cause periodic motion.


Flutter occurs on bridges so that a positive feedback occurs between the aerodynamic forces and natural vibration of the bridge. In essence, the vibration movements of the bridge increase the aerodynamic load which in turns cause further movement of the bridge. Consequently, it results in large magnitude of movement and may cause bridge failure.

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This question is taken from book named – A Self Learning Manual – Mastering Different Fields of Civil Engineering Works (VC-Q-A-Method) by Vincent T. H. CHU.

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