Improved Techniques for Assessing Structures

by Joe C. Pohlman,



Abstract: The Electric Power Research Institute (EPRI) has specially designed and equipped the tower testing station located within their Transmission Line Mechanical Research Center (TLMRC) near Ft Worth, Texas, to provide highly accurate measurements of member forces and the strength of members/connections in full scale structures. This paper assesses how the availability of such a facility has advanced our understanding of structure response and how it can be used to supply improved answers to the critial questions facing today's transmission engineers.

Subject Headings: Power transmission towers | Steel structures | Structural analysis | Electric power | Power plants | Steel frames | High-rise buildings | Full-scale tests

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