Improved Techniques for Assessing Structures

by Joe C. Pohlman,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Building Code Requirements for Masonry Structures (ACI 530-88/ASCE 5-88) and Specifications for Masonry Structures (ACI 530.1-88/ASCE 6-88) (ACI 530.1-88/ASCE 6-88)


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 | Power transmission lines | Steel structures | Structural reliability | Structural analysis | Steel frames | Electric power | Power plants

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