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MECHANICAL DESIGN of TRANSMISSION LINE

Introduction The mechanical design of this transmission line includes pole structure, wind load pressure, sag and the tensions on the conductor and also the guy wires. Some details on the line insulators and the line accessories are further discussed in this part.

Determination of Conductor Sag and Tension in Overhead Lines: While erecting an overhead line, it is very important that conductors are safe tension. If the conductors are too much stretched between supports in a bid to save conductor material, the stress in the conductor may reach unsafe value and in certain cases the conductor may break due to excessive tension. In order to permit safe tension in the conductors, they are not fully stretched but are allowed to have a dip or sag. The difference in level between points of supports and the lowest point on the conductor is called sag.

Conductor Sag and Tension: This is an important consideration in the mechanical design of overhead lines. The conductor sag should be kept to a minimum in order to reduce the conductor material required and to avoid extra pole height for sufficient clearance above ground level. It is also desirable that tension in the conductor should be low to avoid mechanical failure of conductor and to permit the use of less strong supports. However, low conductor tension and minimum sag are not possible. It is because low sag means a tight wire and high tension, whereas a low means a loose wire and increased sag. Therefore, in actual pratise, a compromise in made between the two.

The strength to be designed into a transmission line depends to a large extent on wind and ice loads that may be imposed on the conductor. . Wind load and wind pressure affecting the tension of the line: Formula: Wind load = p x [D/12] Where: p = wind pressure lb/ft p = 0. the engineer should evaluate climatic conditions.00256 (V)2 KzGRFCf For Basic Wind Speed 200 km /hr considering the Transmission Line is at zone II *the value for basic wind speed came from the “New Wind Load Provisions in Philippine Structural Code” shown in the image below. overhead ground wire and supporting structure. previous line operation experience and the importance of the line to the system. Conservative load assumptions should be made for a transmission line which is the only tie to important load centers. When selecting appropriate design loads.

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) .Where Kz = velocity pressure exposure coefficient Kz = 2.01(h/900)(2/9.01 x = 1.27 miles/hr GRF = gust response factor GRF= 0.5 ft Kz = 2.70 (for 750 to 1000 span length in ft.3(345kv) = 133.5) Where h = height of the wire at the structure and is between 33 feet and 900 feet h = 30 + 0.3 (KV) = 30 +0.34 V = basic wind speed V = 124.

0 for stranded wires D = diameter of wire * The constants found here are all based on the Electrical Engineering Handbook tables for corresponding data.70)(1.27)2(1.0) P = 37.08 lb/ft2 Wind load . Solution: P = 0.34)(0.Cf = the force coefficient = 1.00256 (124.

the sag should be adjusted that in the conductors is within safe limits. /ft Effective Weight of Conductor Considering the Wind Load √ √ Calculation of Sag and Tension In an overhead line.e. The conductor ORTOLAN w/ a cross sectional area of 1033 Kcmil. We shall now calculate sag and tension of a conductor when (i) supports are at equal level (ii) supports are at unequal levels. the nominal weight is 1165/1000 ft. It is standard practice to keep conductor tension less than 50 % of its ultimate tensile strength i.Conductor Load From Table. . effects of wind. minimum factor of safety in respect to conductor should be 2. The tension is governed by conductor weight. ice loading and temperature variations.

then . and the line becomes heavily loaded. the sag had to be such that it caters for ice loading in the winter of temperate climates. S = The sag is as result of the tensioning of the line and must not be too low otherwise the safety clearances may not be met. It can be proved that the lowest point will be at the mid span. If the sag is large. Similarity. if the sag is low. Also. then the sag will further increase and branch the safety clearances. L = Length of span W = Weight per unit length of conductor T = tension in the conductor Sag.(i) When supports are at equal level Consider a conductor between two equilevel supports A and B with O as the lowest point is shown in the Fig.

the line may snap. low sag will indicate a high tension. Working Tension Given: Conductor Name = ORTOLAN Ultimate Strength = 27. Required Clearances: 1. and as a result of this contraction.when the line contracts in the winter. Clearance of conductors passing by buildings 2. Horizontal clearances at support between line conductors based on sag. Minimum clearances of conductors above ground or rails 3.700 lb Safety Factor = 2 L = 250 m  820. span length T= T= = 13850lb Sag of Conductor a.21 ft. Consider conductor load only . Crossing clearances of wires carried of wires carried on different supports 4.

For bundling Sag = 7. or 4.07 ft x 2 Sag = 14. where value of θ is given by: θ = tan-1 = tan-1 = 72.74o . Consider both conductor and wind load This is the slant sag in a direction making an angle θ with the vertical.3 m b.14 ft.

(ii) When supports are unequal levels In hilly areas. Let l = Span Length h = Difference in levels between two supports x1 = Distance of supports at lower level x2 = Distance of supports at higher level T = Tension S1 = Sag using distance X1 S2 = Sag using distance X2 . shows a conductor suspended between supports A and B which at different levels. we generally come across conductors suspended between supports at unequal levels. The lowest point of the conductor is O. Fig.

X2 For h = 20 ft (to assume that there’s a distance difference level of the 2 towers) ( ) ( ( ) ) ( ) .12 . X1 = 820.12 ft X1 + X2 = 820.Calculations: Span 820.12.

and lattice steel towers..NESCode 232 Vertical Clearance (Above Ground. The line supports used for transmission and distribution of electric power are of various types including wooden poles. Light in weight without the loss of mechanical strength c. RCC poles. The choice od supporting structure for a particular case depends upon the line span. Rail or Water Suface) .LINE SUPPORTS The supporting structure for overhead line conductors are various type of pole towers called line supports. High mechanical strength to withstand the weight of conductor and wind loads etc. (i)rail poles (ii) tubular poles and (iii)rolled steel joints. cross-sectional area. d. cost and local conditions. Steel Poles. Easy accessibility of conductors for maintenance. The steel poles are three types. the line support should have the following properties: a. steel poles. Longer life. line voltage. longer life and permit longer spans to be used. In general. Cheap in cost and economical to maintain. e. Vertical Clearance . Spacing and Clearance 1. Roadway. The steel poles are often used as a substitute for wooden poles. This type of supports need galvanized or painted in order to prolong its life. Such poles are generally used for distribution purposes in the cities. b. They possess greater mechanical strength.

3 ft 3. 2.5 ft. Spacing of Phase Conductors S = 27.30(345) H = 133.850 lbs . Space between OHGW and Top Phase Conductor Standard 1m for Neutral to top phase conductor = 3. At Tension = T = 13.28ft Pole Structure: Pole Height: H = 30 + 0.30(Kv) H = 30 + 0.Ground clearance required for a 345KV transmission voltage is 48 ft.

378 lb-ft = 53.92 + 130.6 = 130.62+ 102.5 – 27.3 = 102.350.22)] + (0.62 ft + 57.Where: H1 = height starting from the ground to the 1st phase conductor H2 = height starting from the ground to the 2nd phase conductor H3 = height starting from the ground to the 3rd phase conductor H4 = height starting from the ground to the OHGW H1 = 133.1) (13.542 lb-in Circumference (c) bottom: Where s = ultimate fiber stress using 46.5) M = 4.850)(133.36 lb/ in2 √ √ Butt Diameter: Butt Diameter = 54.28 = 75.92 ft H3 = 75.3 – 27.584.5 ft Mass: Where: M = T1H1 + T2H2 + T3H3 + [(10% x T)(H4)] M = [(13850) (75.22 ft H4 = 75.68 = 133.54 in x x = 1.62 ft + 27.62 ft + 54.62 ft H2 = 75.465.3 – 3.38 m .

5 ft.5 ft pole is 13.72 in x x = 0. The total length of pole above the ground is 133.54 in. so the 10% of the 133. Taper Projected Area: ( ( ) )( )( )( ) POLE SETTING DEPTHS It is indicated that the 10% of the total length of the pole above the ground is depth of the portion of the pole to be on the ground.72 x C = 102.60 Top Diameter = 0.35 ft pole.83 m Pole Circumference.8 in.6 x 54.72 in Top Diameter = 32. . Top: C = top diameter x C = 32.Top Diameter: Ratio of the top to bottom is 0. Top Diameter= 32.

85 ft.850 Kg is already computed ∑ Vertical Force: Fv = T1 Sin 30 – T2 Sin 40 Fv=13. CORNER POLE: The Angle 30˚ & 40˚ of two cables Since T1 = T2 = 13.5 + 13.60 Horizontal Force: Fh = T1 Cos 30 – T2 Cos 40 Fh = 13.74 Resultant Force: √ √( 0 ) ( ) Angle: .850 Sin 30 – 13.850 Sin 40 Fv= -1977.850 Cos 30 .35 H = 146.13.850 Cos 40 Fh = 1384. These giving the total length of the pole to: H = 133.35 ft will be the depth of the pole to be under the ground.The additional 13.

91 ft Length of guy √ √ √ √ . although this may be somewhat reduced. In transmission construction a factor of safety of 2 is general for guys. GUY WIRE TENSIONS D = 0.GUY WIRES The various grades of guy strand are almost universally furnished in accordance with ASTM specifications. GUY REQUIREMENT: IEEE C2-1997 (EE Handbook pp(18-66)) Distance dig from the pole not less than ¼ or more than 1 to 1 ½ of the height of the guy attachment. The ultimate strength for each size and grade is given.85) D= 80.551 (146. The so-called double galvanized is commonly used.551 x H D = 0.

10  13850 T4  4   26.720.56lb D 80.30  13850 T3  31   26.241.91 L  T 153.99  13850 T2  2   22.02lb D 80.88  1385   1898.422.91 T1  .91 L  T 156.√ √ √ √ L1  T 110.58lb D 80.91 L  T 130.86lb D 80.

the allowable stressed must be less than 66. Guy at Phase Conductors Siemens-Martin grade Guy Plow Steel Diameter of 3/4 inch 26.DESIGN DATA FOR GUYS According to the guy requirements.200 lbs Nominal Breaking Strength Guy at Static Wire Siemens-Martin grade Guy Mild Plow Steel Diameter of 3/4 35.67% of the ultimate strength of the guy used.900 lbs Nominal Breaking Strength . for dead ends.