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General Information

Other name(s): Волгоградский мост
Beginning of works: 1996
Completion: 2009
Status: in use

Project Type

Structure: Box girder bridge
Function / usage: Road bridge


Location: , , ,
  • Volga River
Coordinates: 48° 43' 18" N    44° 33' 0" E
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Technical Information


main span 160 m
total length ca. 7 100 m


cost of construction ca. Ruble 2 000 000 000

Case Studies and Applied Products

Dancing Bridge of Volgograd tamed

Dancing Bridge of Volgograd tamed

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20 May 2010

The bridge is closed because of oscillations caused by wind. The resonance reaches vertical amplitutes of up to 1 meter.

25 May 2010

After an inspection finds no structural damage, the bridge is re-opened to traffic.

Excerpt from Wikipedia

Volgograd Bridge (Russian: Волгоградский мост) is a concrete girder bridge over the Volga River in the city of Volgograd, Russia. The bridge and adjacent flyovers are 2,514 m (1.562 mi) long. The bridge, which was inaugurated October 10, 2009, after 13 years of construction, is a key part of a planned 30 km (19 mi) highway route that also includes a future bridge over the Akhtuba River.

Current state

Currently, a single span (a second is still under construction) connects Mamayev Kurgan on the right (western) bank of the Volga with the road to Krasnoslobodsk on a spit between the Volga and the Akhtuba. It is the first bridge over the Volga in Volgograd Oblast; previously, the only automobile route over the river in the region passed over the Volga Hydroelectric Station dam.

Oscillations due to wind

On May 20, 2010, authorities closed the bridge to all motor traffic due to strong oscillations caused by windy conditions. The bridge remained closed while it was inspected for damage until the morning of May 25. It was then reopened for public access. To suppress the oscillations of the bridge, semi-active tuned mass dampers were developed and implemented by the German company Maurer Söhne in collaboration with the Swiss Federal Laboratories Empa and mutually with the University of the German Federal Armed Forces. The concept of the semi-active tuned mass dampers was proposed and laboratory validated at the Swiss Federal Laboratories Empa by Dr. Felix Weber (Empa) and Dr. Marcin Maślanka (AGH University of Science and Technology). In autumn 2011, 12 semi-active tuned mass dampers were installed in the bridge. Each one consists of a mass 5,200 kg (11,500 lb), a set of compression springs and a magnetorheological damper.

Text imported from Wikipedia article "Volgograd Bridge" and modified on 23 July 2019 under the CC-BY-SA 3.0 license.




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