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The London Millennium Footbridge Revisited: Emergent Instability Without Synchronization

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posted on 2024-02-29, 09:52 authored by Igor Belykh, Mateusz Bocian, Alan Champneys, Kevin Daley, Russell Jeter, John Macdonald, Allan McRobie

The pedestrian-induced instability of London’s Millennium Bridge is widely held up as thecanonical example of synchronization in complex networks [9]. The popular explanationmaintained that once the number of pedestrians reached a certain threshold, the pedestrianscould supposedly synchronize their footsteps with each other at the bridge’s naturalfrequency. The result was the onset of dangerous sideways oscillations.

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School of Engineering, University of Leicester

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SIAM News

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55

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3

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1 - 2

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SIAM

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2022

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2024-02-29

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en

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