International Journal of Steel Structures

, Volume 18, Issue 4, pp 1252–1264 | Cite as

Investigation of Live Load Deflection Limit for Steel Cable Stayed and Suspension Bridges

  • Ki-Jung Park
  • Do-Young Kim
  • Eui-Seung HwangEmail author


Long span bridges such as steel cable stayed and suspension bridges are usually more flexible than short to medium span bridges and expected to have large deformations. Deflections due to live load for long span bridges are important since it controls the overall heights of the bridge for securing the clearance under the bridge and serviceability for securing the comfort of passengers or pedestrians. In case of sea-crossing bridges, the clearance of bridges is determined considering the height of the ship master from the surface of the water, the trim of the ship, the psychological free space, the tide height, and live load deflection. In the design of bridges, live load deflection is limited to a certain value to minimize the vibrations. However, there are not much studies that consider the live load deflection and its effects for long span bridges. The purpose of this study is to investigate the suitability of live load deflection limit and its actual effects on serviceability of bridges for steel cable-stayed and suspension bridges. Analytical study is performed to calculate the natural frequencies and deflections by design live load. Results are compared with various design limits and related studies by Barker et al. (2011) and Saadeghvaziri et al. (2012). Two long span bridges are selected for the case study, Yi Sun-Sin grand bridge (suspension bridge, main span length = 1545 m) and Young-Hung grand bridge (cable stayed bridge, main span length = 240 m). Long-term measured deflection data by GNSS system are collected from Yi Sun-Sin grand bridge and compared with the theoretical values. Probability of exceedance against various deflection limits are calculated from probability distribution of 10-min maximum deflection. The results of the study on the limitation of live load deflection are expected to be useful reference for the design, the proper planning and deflection review of the long span bridges around the world.


Deflection Live load Cable bridge Clearance Vibration serviceability 



This work is a part of the research Project supported by Construction Technology Program funded by Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport of Korean government. The authors wish to express the gratitude for the financial supports.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Structural EngineeringYooshin Engineering CorporationSeoulRepublic of Korea
  2. 2.Civil EngineeringKyung Hee UniversityYongin-siRepublic of Korea

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