Full-scale Investigation of Wind-induced Vibrations of a Mast-arm Traffic Signal Structure

March 11, 2015
Publication: Wind and Structures, An International Journal
Author(s): Michelle Riedman Hung Nguyen Sinh Christopher Letchford Michael O'Rourke

Michelle A. Riedman coauthored an article titled “Full-scale Investigation of Wind-induced Vibrations of a Mast-arm Traffic Signal Structure,” which was published in the March 2015 issue of Wind and Structures, An International Journal.

Abstract: 
In previous model- and full-scale studies, high-amplitude vertical vibrations of mast-arm traffic signal structures have been shown to be due to vortex shedding, a phenomenon in which alternatingly shed, low-pressure vortices induce oscillating forces onto the mast-arm causing a cross-wind response.  When the frequency of vortices being shed from the mast-arm corresponds to the natural frequency of the structure, a resonant condition is created causing long-lasting, high-amplitude vibrations which may lead to the fatigue failure of these structures.  Turbulence in the approach flow is known to affect the cohesiveness of vortex shedding.  Results from this full-scale investigation indicate that the surrounding terrain conditions, which affect the turbulence intensity of the wind, greatly influence the likelihood of occurrence of long-lasting, high-amplitude vibrations and also impact whether reduced service life due to fatigue is likely to be of concern.