Method of Imaginary Reactions for Taut Cables

by Richard A. Skop, Head; Applied Mechanics Branch, Naval Research Lab., Washington, D.C.,
F. Rosenthal, Head; Ocean Structures Section, Applied Mechanics Branch, Naval Research Lab., Washington, D.C.,


Serial Information: Journal of the Structural Division, 1982, Vol. 108, Issue 7, Pg. 1669-1670


Document Type: Journal Paper

Abstract: The problem of determining the three dimensional equilibrium shape of an arbitrarily loaded cable is a classical one in nonlinear structural mechanics. This note presents a new technique, based on an exact representation of cable compliance combined with a Newton-Raphson interation, for solving this problem. As shown by example, this new technique provides convergence to equilibrium far more rapidly than other commonly used methods.

Subject Headings: Cables | Equilibrium | Arbitration | Load factors | Nonlinear analysis | Structural mechanics | Convergence (mathematics)

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