Limit State Analysis Correlated to a Full Scale Tower Test

by Steven L. Prickett, Bonneville Power Administration, United States,
Wendelin H. Mueller, Bonneville Power Administration, United States,
Leon Kempner, Bonneville Power Administration, United States,

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)


A Limit State analysis technique has been developed for evaluating the structural capacity of lattice steel electrical transmission towers. The tower strength is determined by using a piecewise linear matrix method which takes into account individual member postbuckling performance. Validity of the analysis was checked by two full scale tower tests. This paper correlates test data with analysis and draws conclusions.

Subject Headings: Steel structures | Power transmission towers | Dynamic structural analysis | Elastic analysis | Data analysis | Power transmission lines | Limit states

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