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Wind and Structures
  Volume 10, Number 3, May 2007, pages 249-268

Behaviour of guyed transmission line structures under downburst wind loading
A. Y. Shehata and A. A. El Damatty

    Past experience indicates that the majority of failures of electrical transmission tower structures occurred during high intensity wind events, such as downbursts. The wind load distribution associated with these localized events is different than the boundary layer wind profile that is typically used in the design of structures. To the best of the authors\' knowledge, this study represents the first comprehensive investigation that assesses the effect of varying the downburst parameters on the structural performance of a transmission line structure. The study focuses on a guyed tower structure and is conducted numerically using, as a case study, one of the towers that failed in Manitoba, Canada, during a downburst event in 1996. The study provides an insight about the spatial and time variation of the downburst wind field. It also assesses the variation of the tower members\' internal forces with the downburst parameters. Finally, the structural behaviour of the tower under critical downburst configurations is described and is compared to that resulting from the boundary layer normal wind load conditions.
Key Words
    downbursts; microbursts; finite element; transmission line; transmission tower; wind load.
A. Y. Shehata; Atomic Energy of Canada Limited Mississauga, Ontario, Canada
A. A. El Damatty; Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, The University of Western Ontario, London, Ontario, Canada

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