Modelling of multi-panel transmission tower retrofitted with leg reinforcement

Zhuge, Y. and Mills, J. (2011) Modelling of multi-panel transmission tower retrofitted with leg reinforcement. In: 21st Australasian Conference on the Mechanics of Structures and Materials (ACMSM 21): Incorporating Sustainable Practice in Mechanics of Structures and Materials, 7-10 Dec 2010, Melbourne, Australia.


Retrofitting of existing steel lattice towers has become an important area in the transmission and communication tower industry for the last two decades. Various strengthening methods are being utilised by engineers, with leg reinforcement being one of the most common methods. However, even though it has been used in practice for some time, there has been little research done into its effectiveness. To enable a better understanding of the effectiveness of the leg reinforcing method, a research project has been carried out. A non-linear finite element model (FEM) has been developed and calibrated by comparing the results with those obtained from the experiments. In this paper, the verified FEM is further simplified and extended to model reinforced multi-panel behaviour. The effectiveness of the leg reinforcing method, the effect of various brac-ing patterns and the minimum number of leg reinforcement to achieve 100% capacity increment are the key factors investigated in the model.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: © 2011 Taylor & Francis Group, London. Permanent restricted access to published version due to publisher copyright restrictions.
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Historic - Faculty of Engineering and Surveying - Department of Agricultural, Civil and Environmental Engineering
Date Deposited: 07 Feb 2011 10:50
Last Modified: 28 Nov 2014 06:01
Uncontrolled Keywords: transmission tower; modelling; design; retrofitting; leg reinforcement
Fields of Research : 09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090505 Infrastructure Engineering and Asset Management
09 Engineering > 0905 Civil Engineering > 090506 Structural Engineering
09 Engineering > 0913 Mechanical Engineering > 091307 Numerical Modelling and Mechanical Characterisation
Socio-Economic Objective: E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970109 Expanding Knowledge in Engineering
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1201/b10571-122

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