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# On the fundamental moving load problem

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In this paper the dynamic problem of a simple supported beam subjected to a constant force moving at a constant speed is discussed. Analytical and finite element solutions to this fundamental moving load problem are presented. The results of this paper, provided by the author and other investigators, are intended to give a basic understanding of the moving load problem and reference data for more general studies. Some computational aspects are also discussed.

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... So far, the Euler-Bernoulli beam theory is still the most commonly used in the dynamic analysis of engineering structures, owing to its simplicity and reasonable engineering approximations. Based on this theory, many analytical and numerical methods have been developed to address the moving load problems [7][8][9][10][11]. Although the Euler-Bernoulli model has been proven to be accurate enough for slender beams, it tends to overestimate the natural frequencies of deep beams and their higher vibrational modes [4,12]. ...
... Therefore, in the following finite element analysis, the beam is discretized into an even number of elements and at least 20. Figure 5 shows the numerical results of the normalized mid-span deflections and bending moments for various moving speeds of the load. As stated earlier, the critical speed is used as a reference [7,17,34,35,[39][40][41]. Note that for the SIBT model, the Figure 5 shows the numerical results of the normalized mid-span deflections and bending moments for various moving speeds of the load. ...
... Note that for the SIBT model, the Figure 5 shows the numerical results of the normalized mid-span deflections and bending moments for various moving speeds of the load. As stated earlier, the critical speed is used as a reference [7,17,34,35,[39][40][41]. Note that for the SIBT model, the fundamental frequency ω 1 is defined by Equation (17), which is different from ω * 1 = (π/L) 2 EI/ρA. ...
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In this paper, the dynamic response of a simply supported beam subjected to a moving load is reinvestigated. Based on a new beam theory, slope inertia-based Timoshenko (SIBT), the governing equations of motion of the beam are derived. An analytical solution is presented by using a coupled Fourier and Laplace–Carson integral transformation method. The finite element solution is also developed and compared with the analytical solution. Then, a comparative study of three beam models based on the SIBT, Euler–Bernoulli and Timoshenko, subjected to a moving load, is presented. The results show that for slender beams, the dynamic responses calculated by the three theories have marginal differences. However, as the ratio of the cross-sectional size to beam length increases, the dynamic magnification factors for the mid-span displacement obtained by the SIBT and Timoshenko beams become larger than those obtained by the Euler–Bernoulli beams. Furthermore, until the ratio is greater than 1/3, the difference between the calculated results of the SIBT and Timoshenko beams becomes apparent.
... The results of an experiment on the dynamic behavior of a prestressed concrete beam showed that the natural frequency increases following eccentric prestressing of load [22]. Several investigations have tried to find a solution for calculating the dynamic response of the simply supported beam under a moving load [23][24][25][26]. Dynamic vibration of the axially loaded beams resting on the elastic foundation along with relevant factors including the variable elastic foundation, magnitude of vibration and axial load, and boundary conditions were studied by Mirzabeigy and Madoliat [27]. ...
... The implication may result from the decrease in the flexural stiffness of the beam as a result of the softening effect. It is noteworthy to mention that beyond the speed of 125 m/s, the dynamic magnification factors start to decrease, which are in agreement with the results obtained by Olsson [24]. The maximum response ratios, henceforth called the dynamic magnification factor, is defined as the maximum ratio of the dynamic and static midspan displacements. ...
... The implication may result from the decrease in the flexural stiffness of the beam as a result of the softening effect. It is noteworthy to mention that beyond the speed of 125 m/s, the dynamic magnification factors start to decrease, which are in agreement with the results obtained by Olsson [24]. The effect of the velocity and excitation frequency of the moving point load is discussed here by taking two velocities with frequencies 40, 70, and 100 rad/s, as shown in Figure 19. ...
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This paper deals with the effect of the prestress load on the free and forced dynamic behavior and vertical vibration of the prestressed beams. The analysis applies both the analytical frequency equation and the finite element method (FEM) using ABAQUS software to predict the fundamental natural frequency (FNF) of the simply supported unbonded prestressed beams. The energy method has been employed to derive the effective prestressing load to determine the eccentricity effect. In regard to the forced response of the prestressed beam, a moving point load with a constant value and various velocities and excitation frequencies is applied. Extensive parametric studies are carried out taking into account different factors including prestress load, eccentricity, concrete ratio, span-to-depth ratio, velocity, and frequency of the moving load. The comparison of the FNFs obtained by the formula with those obtained from FEM models indicates that the results are in a good agreement. This convergence demonstrates that the proposed formulation can predict the FNF of the eccentrically prestressed beams with high reliability. The time-histories curves for midspan displacement of the unbonded prestressed beams and the dynamic magnification factors are also evaluated. The results illustrate that the aforementioned factors have an indispensable contribution to the beam dynamic behavior.
... bridges, guideways, overhead cranes, cableways, runways, roadways, are subjected to moving load. Due to variation in position, the moving load differs from other dynamic loads [2]. Furthermore, due to increase in high-speed train networks, the elevation of vibration level due to high-speed trains is a challenging problem for engineers and researchers. ...
... The transient motion of a concentrated line load moving over an elastic half-space with a constant velocity has been examined by Ang [13] and Payton [14]. Olsson [2] discussed the response of a simply supported beam subjected to a constant force moving with a constant velocity. Fuchun [15] examined the characteristics of dynamic stresses induced in subway tunnels in clay stratum subjected to moving loads. ...
... In the absence of body forces, the equations of motion for functionally graded initially stressed orthotropic elastic halfspace are 123 ∂τ (2) 11 ...
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The present article analyzes the induced compressive, shear and tensile stresses due to a moving load on three distinctly characterized irregular orthotropic half-spaces, viz. functionally graded orthotropic viscoelastic half-space (Case-I), functionally graded initially stressed orthotropic elastic half-space (Case-II) and orthotropic magnetoelastic half-space (Case-III) under hydrostatic initial stress. The expressions for said induced stresses are deduced in closed form using analytical approach. The influences of various physical parameters, viz. maximum depth of irregularity, functionally gradedness, irregularity factor, initial stress, magnetoelastic coupling parameter, hydrostatic initial stress and frictional coefficient on induced stresses for concerned cases, have been investigated with a comparative analysis. To depict the outcomes numerically, the half-spaces comprised of Carbon fiber, Prepreg and T300/5208/graphite/epoxy material have been taken into account and the observations are highlighted. Moreover, some notable characteristics have been outlined and delineated through graphs.
... The moving load problem was first mathematically described by Timoshenko (Timoshenko 1922) and in a comprehensive and detailed report by Frýba (1972) that explains formulation of moving force and moving mass for simple spans. Moving force-beam systems were also formulated to address vertical vehicle-bridge interaction problems ( (Filho 1978), (Olsson 1985), (Olsson 1991), (Wu et al. 2000)). Similarly, a comprehensive work on the formulation of human-structure systems was carried out by Caprani and Ahmadi (2016) for use in vertical human-induced vibrations. ...
... Analytical solutions to moving load problems are beneficial for parametric analyses. However, all moving force problems cannot be analytically solved and more detailed numerical methods are required to determine vibration response of such systems (Olsson 1991). Moving load problems can be treated as static loads applying to different positions on a structure for simplicity. ...
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The next generation of ultra-high-speed (UHS) trains, known as Hyperloop and TransPod, are aerospace type vehicles designed to carry passengers. The UHS employs a vehicle capsule within a protected vacuum tube deck, supported by reinforced concrete piers (i.e. multi-span viaduct). The tube environment allows multiple UHS vehicles to run in parallel simultaneously (i.e. twin tube deck) where asymmetric train loading will result in a large dynamic unbalanced moment on the piers. Therefore, exploring the lateral dynamic interaction of bridge deck (twin tube) and piers under such an unbalanced moment is an extremely important factor for analysis of viaducts under dynamic UHS train loading. Hence, this paper analytically addresses the dynamic bridge deck-pier interaction under UHS train loading for lateral vibration.
... A plenty of industrial and engineering structures are permanently subjected to the moving loads such as bridges, railways and guide ways. Therefore, amongst the ever increasing published studies on the forced vibration of continuums, those concentrating the moving load dynamic problems have attained a significant interest of the researchers [1][2][3][4]. ...
... Thanking the high converging rate and satisfactory computing performance, orthogonal series-based solutions have been frequently employed in the vibration analyses of beamtype structures [2,3,13]; in this manner, favorable computational procedures of analysis could be established by the engineers and the specialists. A notable volume of published contributions currently exists addressing the free vibration of beams [14][15][16]; The EEM (eigenfunction expansion method) is one of the most well-known series-based solutions to the free/forced vibration of beams [1,3,12,15]. ...
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One of the major issues facing structural engineers is assessing the effects of dynamic loads on structural systems, including beams. The importance of this matter arises in moving vehicles such as cars and trains on bridge structures that are usually simulated by beam structures. Hence, in several studies, in order to explore the dynamic response of the beam structures under the excitation of dynamic loads, various analytical and numerical methods have been utilized. In this study, to examine the easier and faster procedures aimed at finding the dynamic response of Euler-Bernoulli, Timoshenko and Higher-Order beams, a simple semi-analytical method based on the characteristic orthogonal polynomials and trigonometric functions compatible with boundary conditions is presented. To this end, discrete equations of motion are derived for the three mentioned theories due to a moving mass according to the Hamilton’s principle. Then, the governing equations are transformed into ordinary differential equations in the time domain, and by applying an approximate method, displacement field of the beam is achieved. In order to consider the efficiency, convergence rate and accuracy of this method, two numerical examples are provided to compare the results of this paper with those presented by other researchers. In this regard, in the former one, free vibration frequencies of the beam with various theories for different boundary conditions were obtained, and it is shown that, the results for all three theories, give a good convergence rate and a high accuracy. Furthermore, in the latter example, the dynamic response of the beams subjected to a moving mass for different values of the base beam slenderness was achieved and compared with other studies. Analysis of the maximum dynamic response of the beam and the time history diagrams illustrated the obtained results are in a close agreement with those issued from the numerical method; despite using the lower number of the shape functions.
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... The majority of the previous studies have been 14 dedicated to the investigation of the bridge vibrations consid- 15 ering the so-called moving load, moving mass and moving 16 sprung mass models for the vehicles. 17 The simplest moving load model can be chosen for a 18 vehicle in studying the bridge vibrations (see Ref. [2]). The 19 necessary dynamic characteristics of the bridge induced by 20 such simplest moving load action can be expressed with an 21 adequate degree of accuracy. ...
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... Various researchers have provided analytical solutions for the VBI, treating the moving vehicle mass as the excitation to the bridge for obtaining system parameters. Pioneered by Timoshenko [1], Olsson [2] suggested the analytical solution comparing with the finite element solutions. Yang et al. [3], [4] derived the closed-form solutions about the frequency response in the VBI system assuming that the mass of the vehicle is relatively small compared to the bridge. ...
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... It is depicted from Figures 6 and 7 that ̅ ( /2, ), over the entire time history, both increases and decreases, then increases to reach the peak value when the velocity reaches critical values. After that, ̅ gradually decreases as the moving load velocity increases, which is consistent with Olsson's observation [73]. The velocity at which ̅ attains its peak value is denoted as the beam critical velocity [74]. ...
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... The issue of the vibration of a slender beam subjected to a moving load series signifies typical engineering phenomena such as bridges under moving vehicles, railways subjected to high-speed trains, cableways with traveling telphers, elevated cranes when moving objects, etc. [1]. The moving load series can cause greater deflection than static loads and generate fatigue in the long term. ...
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... From Figs. 6 and 7, it is depicted that the maximum normalized dynamic deflection in the entire time history both increases and decreases, it then increases to reach the peak value when the moving load velocity reaches a certain value, and then after the maximum normalized dynamic deflection gradually decreases as the moving load velocity increases [113]. The velocity at which the maximum normalized dynamic deflection attains its peak value is referred to as the critical velocity of the BDFG beam [114]. ...
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... Without forfeiting the validity of the analysis, a moving vehicle is simplified as a dynamic load q(x, t) in this study [86]. ...
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... The train-induced vibration analysis of railway bridges has been extensively studied by many researchers, including Frýba [1], Weaver et al. [2], Olsson [3], Yang et al. [4], Michaltsos [5] and Savin [6], among others [7][8][9][10][11][12][13]. Due to the periodic nature of the train loading, a railway bridge may experience resonance effects. Resonance in railway bridges occurs when the train loading frequency, i.e. the ratio between the train speed and the characteristics axle distance, coincides with the fundamental frequency of the bridge [1,[14][15]. ...
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... For many years it has been commented that when a bridge is subjected to moving loads, the caused dynamic deflections and stresses can be remarkably higher than those seen for the static state [3]. For this reason, numerous works have been devoted to investigating the bridge displacement response using the moving mass [4][5][6][7][8], moving load [9][10][11], and moving spring-mass models [12,13] for the vehicles. ...
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... This special moving speed is specified as the critical velocity of the moving load by some researchers. In the present configuration, the special moving load speed is 0.6Lω 1 /π, while the analytical critical speed for a homogeneous beam is 0.619 Lω 1 /π [80]. And the temperature increment does not affect the critical moving load speed. ...
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... In the preliminary stage of bridge design or in the quick assessment of existing bridges, this model can be the most convenient. Various applications of this model with both analytical and FE approaches were widely discussed [4,[10][11][12][13][14]. In the EN 1991-2 [5], the dynamic analysis is performed using the so-called HSLM (high speed load model) which represents a series of moving forces and it is stated that the dynamic analysis should be conducted using the real specified train in a specific project (bridges on local lines) but concerning the international lines for which the interoperability criteria are applied, the HSLM should be used to ensure an envelope response of all current real and prospective high-speed train loads. ...
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... Vibrations of solid beam and plate structures acted upon by moving loads [31][32][33][34][35][36][37], moving masses [38][39][40][41][42][43][44][45][46][47][48][49][50][51][52][53][54], and moving mass-sprung systems [55][56][57] have been examined. Kiani et al. [58] also examined the role of shear deformation on vibrational behavior of poroelastic beams under a moving pointed load. ...
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... Abu-Hilal [2], investigated the response of a double Euler-Bernoulli beams, due to a moving loads. Moreover, literatures of [22], [14], [5], [19], [16], [20], [15], [24], [8], and [10] are work done on the theory and analysis of vibrations that are still producing positive development in the field of engineering. However, double-plate systems are very much applicable in engineering which includes, decking systems for railways viaducts and bridges, tunnels, anti slides and avalanche guards, industrial flooring systems, commercial flooring with high loading capacities, construction of trolleys and girders, and so many other applications. ...
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Vibration of bridges
• Huang
Vehicle response on flexible track
• Kortüm
Dynamics of steel elevated guideways—an overview
• Subcommitee on Vibration Problems Associated with Flexural Members on Transit Systems, Structural Division
Dynamic response of concrete railway bridges
• F. Machida
• A. Matsuura
• F. Machida
• A. Matsuura
Dynamic interaction of high-speed vehicles on multiple-span elevated guideways: lumped-parameter vehicle models and new algorithmic treatment
• L. Vu-Quoc
• M. Olsson
• L. Vu-Quoc
• M. Olsson
Dynamic response of concrete railway bridges
• Machida
Analysis of structures subjected to moving loads
• Olsson
Dynamic interaction of high-speed vehicles on multiple-span elevated guideways: lumped-parameter vehicle models and new algorithmic treatment
• Vu-Quoc