This paper reports some initial findings in the attempt to develop a robust method to identify more than one moving force on multi-span non-uniform continuous bridges. To keep the number of unknowns in the moving force identification problem to a minimum, the modified beam vibration functions are chosen as the assumed modes of a multi-span bridge. These modified beam vibration functions satisfy the zero deflection conditions at all the intermediate supports as well as the boundary conditions at the two ends of the bridge. The least squares method is used to solve the inverse problem to get the closest approximation to the moving forces. The pseudo-inverse to obtain the solution to the inverse problem is obtained by singular value decomposition. Only acceleration measurements are used for the moving force identification. The results show that this method is applicable and robust.

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