Shock and Vibration

Shock and Vibration / 2010 / Article
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International Conference on Structural Engineering Dynamics – ICEDyn 2009

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Volume 17 |Article ID 794170 | 11 pages |

Modal Characteristics of Two Operating Power Transmission Poles

Received18 Jun 2010
Accepted18 Jun 2010


Unique conductor-pole couplings complicate the dynamic behaviors of electric transmission pole line systems. Finite element modeling is performed on two typical transmission poles used in southeastern USA – a steel pole and a prestressed concrete pole. The two poles are representative of unique structure types: a heavy rod-like structure and a lightweight, shell-type structure. Since coupling issues between the pole and the cable introduce great complexities for modeling the pole line system, simplified numerical models are used. Limited full-scale modal test results are presented to verify the numerical models. The prestressed concrete pole is shown to be easier for mode identification than the steel pole – but both numerical models show complicated coupled vibration modes. This study is part of a larger study to establish an understanding of the dynamic response analyses of power grid under ground vibrations.

Copyright © 2010 Hindawi Publishing Corporation. 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.

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