Analysis of earthquake loading, wind loading and ice loading effects on guyed masts

Yapar, Özgür
Guyed masts are special type of structures that are widely used in the telecommunication industry. In the past, there was no guideline for seismic design of these types of structures in the corresponding design codes. On the other hand, in the latest “G” revision of the ANSI/TIA-EIA code there is a comprehensive design criterion for the seismic design of the guyed masts. However, during the design process of these structures the most common approach is to ignore the effect of seismic loading and use only the internal forces developed from the wind load and ice load analysis. In this study firstly the efficiency and accuracy of the commercial SAP2000 and PLS-TOWER software were investigated, then finite element models of three guyed masts that had been designed in Turkey with the heights 30m, 60m and 100m in the SAP2000 and PLS-TOWER software were analyzed under the effect of earthquake, wind and ice loadings. The most common design code recognized all over the world used for the design of the guyed masts is ANSI/TIA-EIA 222-G “Structural Standards for Steel Antenna Towers and Supporting Structures”. Thus, the corresponding sections of this code were followed during the study. The main objective of this research is to check the correctness of commercial SAP2000 and PLS-TOWER software and to investigate the effect of seismic actions on the guyed masts and also to gain a better understanding of the behavior of guyed masts under the effects of the wind, ice and earthquake loadings.


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Citation Formats
Ö. Yapar, “Analysis of earthquake loading, wind loading and ice loading effects on guyed masts,” M.S. - Master of Science, Middle East Technical University, 2010.