This study investigates the dynamic behaviour of railway bridges crossed by travelling trains, modelled by the spectral method. The adopted simplified formulation is aimed at allowing a direct analysis of the effects of the parameters involved in the problem. The bridge is modelled as a rectangular plate, while the trains are modelled as travelling inertial distributed loads. The formulation is accomplished by the use of the Rayleigh-Ritz method, yielding a low order model with time-dependent coefficients. Several numerical examples are presented and discussed, aimed at investigating the effects of each of the model governing parameters.
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