Lateral dynamic bridge deck-pier interaction for ultra-high-speed Hyperloop train loading

Ehsan Ahmadi, Nicholas A Alexander, Mehdi Kashani

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages27
JournalProceedings of the ICE - Bridge Engineering
Early online date30 Sep 2019
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 30 Sep 2019


  • bridges
  • railway systems
  • dynamics
  • lateral bridge deck-pier interaction
  • ultra-high-speed Hyperloop train
  • dynamic amplification factor


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