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Advances in Civil Engineering
Volume 2014, Article ID 258148, 13 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2014/258148
Research Article

FE Simulation of Transmission Tower

Civil Engineering Department, Faculty of Engineering, Minufiya University, P.O. Box 32511, Shebin Al-Kom, Minufiya, Egypt

Received 6 January 2014; Accepted 10 February 2014; Published 10 June 2014

Academic Editor: John Mander

Copyright © 2014 Boshra Eltaly et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

The vital components of the transmission line are the electrical transmission towers. They are commonly used to support the phase conductors and shield wires of a transmission line. Also the accurate prediction of tower failure is very important for the reliability and safety of the transmission system. The current research describes nonlinear FE models of predicting the transmission tower failure. In the current FE simulations, the eccentricity and the joint effect of the tower were considered. The current models have been calibrated with results from previous full-scale tower tests and numerical models with good accuracy in terms of both the failure load and the failure mode.