A model of suspension clamp rocking action due to aeolian vibrations of overhead conductors

André Leblond, Claude Hardy, Louis Cloutier, Li Cheng

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Aeolian vibrations of overhead conductors may lead to wire fatigue failures in the vicinity of suspension clamps. This paper presents an analytical model of the clamp rocking action which takes into account conductor vibrations in adjacent spans, the moment of inertia of the suspension clamp and the transverse impedance of the insulator string. Traveling waves are used to represent conductor vibrations and conductor curvatures are calculated on both sides of the clamp. The results of a sensitivity analysis are presented to identify the most important parameters influencing conductor vibrations. The entire analysis is done at a single frequency of vibration and from a structural point of view only. Finally, calculated bending amplitudes are compared to experimental results.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-142
Number of pages8
JournalAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers, Pressure Vessels and Piping Division (Publication) PVP
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Mechanical Engineering

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