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Sag-tension Calculations

A Tutorial Developed for the IEEE TP&C Line Design Subcommittee
Based on a CIGRE WG B2.12 Technical Brochure under Development Dale Douglass June, 2005

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CIGRE & IEEE Websites
• CIGRE WG B2.12 – Electrical Effects in Lines http://www.geocities.com/wg_12/index.htm
– Technical Brochure 244 – Conductors for Uprating of Existing Lines – Probabilistic Ratings & Joints

• IEEE Towers Poles & Conductors http://www.geocities.com/ieee_tpc/index.htm
– IEEE Standard 738 – 1993 – Panel Sessions Jan 28 (Las Vegas) June 4 (SF)

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Sag-tension Envelope
Span Length Initial Installed Sag @15C

Final Unloaded Sag @15C Sag @ Max Ice/Wind Load

Sag @ Max Electrical Load, Tmax

Minimum Electrical Clearance GROUND LEVEL

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SAG10 Calculation Table June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial From Alcoa-Fujikura SAG10 program .

1997 data_during_tempmeas.A Bit of Perspective 10C-15C Uncertainty 60 55 50 45 40 35 30 25 20 15 Tcdr (H) .xls ? deg C measurement number June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .AW eq2 10 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 Tcdr (IEEE) Tcdr (meas) Tcdr (H) . Why? IPC measurements.AW eq1 Tcdr_measured is much higher than predicted with alumoweld model (Hbased) or weather based model for these 3 points.

Some Questions • Why can we do calculations for a single span and use for an entire line section? • How are initial and final conditions defined? • Why not run the maximum tension to 60% as the NESC Code allows? • Why do I see negative tensions (compression) in aluminum at high temperature? June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .

The Catenary Curve • • • • • HyperbolicFunctions & Parabolas Sag vs weight & tension Length between supports What is Slack? What if the span isn’t level? June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .

The Catenary – Level Span H y ( x) = w ⎡ w ⋅ x2 ⎛ w⋅ x ⎞ ⎤ ⋅ ⎢cosh⎜ ⎟ − 1⎥ ≅ 2⋅ H ⎝ H ⎠ ⎦ ⎣ H D= w ⎧ w⋅ S ⎞ ⎫ w⋅ S2 ⎛ ⋅ ⎨cosh⎜ ⎟ − 1⎬ ≅ ⎝ 2⋅ H ⎠ ⎭ 8⋅ H ⎩ 2 2 ⎛ ⎞ ⎛ Sw ⎞ S w ⎟ sinh ⎜ ⎟ ≅ S ⎜ 1+ ⎜ 2H ⎠ 24 H 2 ⎠ ⎝ ⎝ ⎛ 2H L = ⎜ ⎝ w June 6/13/05 ⎞ ⎟ ⎟ ⎠ IEEE TP&C Tutorial .

094 * 600 ⎞ L= sinh⎜ ⎟ = 600.31.094 lbs/ft Bare Weight .094 ⋅ 600 ⎞⎤ D= ⎢cosh⎜ 2 ⋅ 6300 ⎟⎥ = 7.094 ⎝ 2 * 6300 ⎠ June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .Catenary Sample Calcs for Drake ACSR .963 m) 1.831 ft (2.500 lbs Rated Breaking Strength .1.387 m) 1.272 ft (182.094 ⎣ ⎝ ⎠⎦ 2 * 6300 ⎛ 1.600 ft span 6300 ⎡ ⎛ 1.

Catenary Calculations What Happens when the weight of the conductor changes June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .

Ice & Wind Loading • • • Radial ice (Quebec) Wind Pressure (Florida) Wind & Ice Combined (Illinois) June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .

What about changes in loading? June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .

5 4 190 +15 -10 0.50 0 0 9 430 +30 -1 0.05 0.0 0.50 12.30 4.0 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .20 2.70 0 0 See Fig 2-4 +60 +15 0.25 6.40 0.5 4 190 0 -20 0.NESC Loading District Heavy Radial thickness of ice (in) (mm) Horizontal wind pressure (lb/ft2) (Pa) Temperature (oF) (oC) NESC safety factors to be added to the resultant (lb/ft) (N/m) June 6/13/05 Medium Light Extreme wind loading 0.

Iced Conductor Weight wice = 1.3 1.545 wbare.845 1.858 1.1452 0.398 0. lb/ft 0.6570 2.559 0.6 June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial . lb/ft 0. in 0.044 wice.244t ( D c + t ) ACSR Conductor #1/0 AWG -6/1 “Raven” 477 kcmil-26/7 “Hawk” 1590 kcmil-54/19 “Falcon" Dc.272 wbare + wice wbare 4.8 2.

0) = 3.108+1.244*1.0*(1.6 unless the length of the conductor changes.094 lb/ft • Iced weight is: – 1.094 + 1. June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .What happens when the conductor weight changes? • Bare weight of Drake ACSR is 1.60 lb/ft • Tension increases by a factor of 3.

SAG10 Calculation Table June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial From Alcoa-Fujikura SAG10 program .

%RBS) Designing with less sag June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .Conductor tension limits • • • Avoiding tension failure (Safety factor) Limiting vibration (H/w.

0 9.meters 14.7 38.6 44.%RTS 22.0 7.kN 31.8 61.8 Final Sag at 100C .4 43.%RTS 10 15 20 25 Tension at max ice and wind load .6 11.9 9.4 June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .Tension Limits and Sag Tension at 15C unloaded initial .5 Tension at max ice and wind load .4 53.0 Initial Sag at 100C .6 10.4 8.6 31.meters 14.

Conductor Elongation • • Elastic elongation (springs) Settlement & Short-term creep (before sagging) • Thermal elongation • Long term creep (After sagging. over the life of the line) June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .

Conductor Elongation Manufactured Length Settlement &1-hr creep Strain Thermal Strain Elastic Strain Long-time Creep Strain June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .

00 9.4 June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .8 Galv.4 Standard 1350-H19 Aluminum Wire 61. % IACS @ 20oC Coefficient of Linear Expansion 10-6 per oF 100. Steel Core Wire 8.0 6.Thermal Elongation International Annealed Copper Standard Conductivity.4 Commercial Hard-Drawn Copper Wire 97.00 9.2 12.

000 0.400 0.000 100 10.150 0.000 200 25.000 300 40.000 One Hour Modulus 35.Courtesy of Southwire Corp.100 0.000 Initial Modulus 70% RBS 50% RBS 15.000 0 0.200 0.000 30.300 0.450 % % Strain Strain June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .250 0. Stress-Strain Test 45.050 0.000 30% RBS Final Modulus 5.000 Stress [MPa] 20.350 0.

1 0.05 0.4 0.3 0.Stress-strain & creep elongation curves for 37 strand A1 conductor 140000 120000 Initial "1-hour" Aluminum 70% RBS 100000 Linear Modulus Stress.2 Percent Elongation 0.35 0.kPa 80000 50% RBS 60000 30% RBS 40000 6 mo creep 10 yr creep 12 mo creep Final Alum after load to 122 MPa 20000 0 -0.05 0 0.25 0.15 0.45 June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .

Conductor Elongation • • Elastic elongation (reversible) Settlement & Short-term creep (permanent) • Thermal elongation (reversible) • Long term creep (permanent after years or high loads) June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .

10 0.20 0.50 % Increase in Length June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .40 0.25 0.15 0.30 0.45 0.35 0.05 0.100 80 % of Tensile Strength Plastic Elong at High Tension 60 Creep for 1 year 40 Initial Settlement 20 0 0.

SAG10 Calculation Table June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial From Alcoa-Fujikura SAG10 program .

What is a ruling span? June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .

Winsul The basis of the ruling span concept. Hspan1 Wspan1 Insulator Length.Pivot Attachment Point Tilt Angle T Tension equalization at suspension points. Li Hspan2 Wspan2 June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .

+ S n 3 3 3 600 + 900 + 600 RS = = 745 ft 600 + 900 + 600 3 1 • • Based on Tension equalization Used for Stringing sags • Sag = (w/8H)*S2 June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial ...The “Ruling Span” + S3 + .+ S3 S 2 n RS = S1 + S 2 + .....

• Maximum tension so that structures can be designed to withstand it.Sag-tension Calculations Deliverables • Maximum sag so that clearance to ground and other conductors can be maintained. • H/w during “coldest month” to limit aeolian vibration. • Minimum sag to control structure uplift problems. June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .

max tension is typically below 60% in order to limit wind vibration & uplift • Negative tensions (compression) in aluminum occur at high temperature for ACSR because of the 2:1 diff in thermal elongation between alum & steel June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .Summary of Some Key Points • Tension equalization between suspension spans allows use of the ruling span • Initial and final conditions occur at sagging and after high loads and multiple years • For large conductors.

IEEE Working Group. IEEE Trans. Vol. “Sag-Tension Computations and Field Measurements of Bonneville Power Administration. AIEE Paper 59-900.” Published 7/15/74. Barrett. and Nigol.. No. JS. 1927 Winkelman.. 1924 Aluminum Association. No. JR and Larson RE. Electrical World. July 12. March 1970 Rawlins. Feb.2. IEEE WPM 1998.. “Stress-Strain-Creep Curves for Aluminum Overhead Electrical Conductors. Aluminum Company of America. USA. 3. Varney T. Vol. 380-386.84.S. pp 485-493 Electrical Technical Committee of the Aluminum Association. January. FL. Washington.. DC 20006.. ECH-56" Southwire Company "Overhead Conductor Manual“ Barrett.. February 1981. “A Method of Stress-Strain Testing of Aluminum Conductor and ACSR” and “A Test Method for Determining the Long Time Tensile Creep of Aluminum Conductors in Overhead Lines”. JS. P. PAS-102. pp 614-621.F.”. No. IEEE Trans. O. 1999. IEEE Trans. 1998. IEEE WPM 1998. Harvey. Pittsburg. C. 3. The aluminum Association. PAS-100. Tampa. Vol. “Graphic Method for Sag Tension Calculations for A1/S1A (ACSR) and Other Conductors. O. FL. Dutta S.. A New Computer Model of A1/S1A (ACSR) Conductors. 1998 Thayer. Use of Elevated Temperature Creep Data in Sag-Tension Calculations. “Some Effects of Mill Practice on the Stress-Strain Behaviour of ACSR”.. “Limitations of the Ruling Span Method for Overhead Line Conductors at High Operating Temperatures”. PAS-89. pp.. and Nigol. no. “Computing tensions in transmission lines”. June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial . 3.. Tampa. 2. Report of IEEE WG on Thermal Aspects of Conductors. March 1983. June 1959. Feb.B. Vol. Characteristics of A1/S1A (ACSR) Conductors as High Temperatures and Stresses.General Sag-Ten References • • • • • • • • • • • • Aluminum Association Aluminum Electrical Conductor Handbook Publication No. E.

The End A Sag-tension Tutorial Prepared for the IEEE TP&C Subcommittee by Dale Douglass June 6/13/05 IEEE TP&C Tutorial .