The development of the co-rotational finite element for the prediction of the longitudinal load factor for a transmission line system

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Liu, Yang
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The key to the co-rotational (CR) finite element is the separation between the rigid body motion and the deformational motion. It is this separation which makes it superior to other methods in the analysis of large displacement problems. Since the dynamic analysis of a guyed transmission line system contains large displacements from the vibration of the cable, it is considered appropriate to utilize the technique in the analysis. This thesis re-formulates and simplifies the CR method for such a purpose. Numerical tests show that the time step required for convergence in the present technique is ten times less than that is required for convergence in ANSYS. In the construction of the equation for the prediction of the longitudinal load factor (LLF) for the A402-M guyed transmission line due to cable break events, the tower is modelled using a simplified model of a detailed lattice tower. The simplified model considers latticed tower segment as an equivalent beam segment. The use of the simplified model enables to perform the broken wire dynamic analysis of the ten-span transmission line system within a day or two on a personal computer. Two initiating events are considered: all conductors on one arm break and all cables in one span break. Based on the analysis results, it is found that the LLFs for the all cables break event for the A402-M tower are 5% less than that calculated using the EPRI equation. It is therefore recommended that either the LLFs derived from the EPRI equation or from the proposed equation be used in the design of a guyed transmission tower for the broken wire event. The developed procedure can also be used to predict the LLF for the other type transmission line systems.
co-rotational finite element, longitudinal load factor