Dr Eng. Mateusz Bocian from the Wrocław University of Science and Technology joined an international group of scientists who conducted research on the instability of bridges under the influence of pedestrian traffic. The results of their work were published in Nature Research Highlights.
The problem gained publicity due to the instability observed on the London Millennium Bridge and the Solferino Bridge in Paris. Based on the information gathered and the simulations performed, the researchers concluded that the transverse dynamic instability is a result of the natural mechanisms of walking, in particular the requirements of the pedestrian’s need to maintain balance.
The project involved mathematicians from Georgia State University in the USA – Prof. Igor Belykh, Kevin Daley and Dr Russell Jeter, as well as mathematician Prof. Alan Champneys and engineers- Prof. John Macdonald from the University of Bristol in Great Britain and Prof. Allan McRobie, a physicist at the University of Cambridge, UK.