Wobbling of pedestrian bridges

Applied and Computational Mathematics Seminar
Monday, March 9, 2020 - 1:55pm for 1 hour (actually 50 minutes)
Skiles 005
Guillermo Goldsztein – Georgia Tech – ggold@math.gatech.edu
Guillermo Goldsztein

On June 10, 2000, the Millennium Bridge in London opened to the public. As people crossed the bridge, it wobbled. The sway of the bridge was large enough that prompted many on the bridge to hold on to the rails. Three days later, the bridge closed. It reopened only after modifications to prevent the wobbling were made, eighteen months later. We develop and study a model motivated by this event