Dynamic analysis of Calatrava's la Devesa footbridge
Author(s)Greenwold, David Joshua, 1974-
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This thesis attempts to describe the static and dynamic behaviors of the leaning arch bridge system. In doing so, the finite element method is employed intensively through the use of ADINA. The FEM model is an attempted reproduction of Calatrava's la Devesa footbridge. While Calatrava has developed the form through several projects, this particular bridge is a relatively clean example of the leaning arch system. The model is subjected to a variety of static and dynamic load cases. These include vertical and horizontal loads. The FEM results provide evidence reinforcing the structural theory behind the leaning arch system and exposing unforeseen behaviors.
Thesis (S.M.)--Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Dept. of Civil and Environmental Engineering, 1999.Includes bibliographical references (leaves 80-81).
DepartmentMassachusetts Institute of Technology. Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering
Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Civil and Environmental Engineering