Mathematical Problems in Engineering
Volume 2010 (2010), Article ID 805195, 12 pages
Research Article

The Basic Differential Equations of Self-Anchored Cable-Stayed Suspension Bridge

1Bridge Engineering Research Institute, Dalian University of Technology, Dalian 116085, China
2Research Center for Numerical Tests on Material Failure, Dalian University, Dalian 116622, China

Received 10 August 2010; Accepted 20 October 2010

Academic Editor: Michael J. Brennan

Copyright © 2010 Wang Hui-Li et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The static behavior of self-anchored cable-stayed suspension bridge under vertical load is described with the continuum method. Based on the partition generalized variation principle, considering the compression-bending coupling effect of the main girder and the tower, the large displacement incomplete generalized potential energy functional of three-span self-anchored cable-stayed suspension bridge is established. Then, the basic differential equations of self-anchored cable-stayed suspension bridge are derived through constraint variation. Taking a self-anchored cable-stayed suspension bridge with main span 100 m, for example, the results by the proposed analytic method agree with that of numerical analysis. Therefore, the basic differential equations proposed in this paper could be applied to the preliminary analysis of self-anchored cable-stayed suspension bridge. The equations also provide a theoretical basis to describe the static behavior of this type of bridge.