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Structural Engineering and Mechanics
  Volume 59, Number 2, July25 2016 , pages 243-259

Transient response analysis of tapered FRP poles with flexible joints by an efficient one-dimensional FE model
Behnam Saboori and Seyed Mohammad Reza Khalil

    This research develops a finite element code for the transient dynamic analysis of tapered fiber reinforced polymer (FRP) poles with hollow circular cross-section and flexible joints used in power transmission lines. The FRP poles are modeled by tapered beam elements and their flexible joints by a rotational spring. To solve the time equations of transient dynamic analysis, precise time integration method is utilized. In order to verify the utilized formulations, a typical jointed FRP pole under step, triangular and sine pulses is analyzed by the developed finite element code and also ANSYS commercial finite element software for comparison. Thereafter, the effect of joint flexibility on its dynamic behavior is investigated. It is observed that by increasing the joint stiffness, the amplitude of the pole tip deflection history decreases, and the time of occurrence of the maximum deflection is earlier.
Key Words
    transmission pole; fiber-reinforced; transient dynamic; finite element (FE); flexible joint
Behnam Saboori: Center of Excellence in Experimental Solid Mechanics and Dynamics, School of Mechanical Engineering, Iran University of Science and Technology, Narmak, Tehran 16846, Iran
Seyed Mohammad Reza Khalil: Center of Excellence for Research in Advanced Materials & Structures, Faculty of Mechanical Engineering, K.N. Toosi University of Technology, Tehran, Iran; Faculty of Engineering, Kingston University, UK

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