Tower Designs for AEP 765-KV Project

by Richard A. Kravitz,
A. James Samuelson,

Serial Information: Journal of the Power Division, 1969, Vol. 95, Issue 2, Pg. 305-320

Document Type: Journal Paper


The highlights of the 765-kv tower designs used by the American Electric Power Company are summarized. The weather loading conditions and line design criteria used in developing structure configuration and designs are described. Tower designers and engineers responsible for developing design specifications are alerted to the pitfalls of designing towers without considering all practical combinations of loads (within a loading combination), i.e., combination of some minimum with maximum loads and unequal leg extension combinations in rough terrain. The AEP Computer Program for analyzing towers as three-dimensional elastic structures is highlighted. Comparisons are made to hand (statics) methods used to analyze towers. Alternate types of foundations employed are described, insofar as anchor movement affects structure capabilities.

Subject Headings: Maximum loads | Load factors | Load combinations | Electric power | Computer analysis | Elastic analysis | Terrain | Computer software

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