Sag and tension calculations for mountainous terrain

J. Bradbury, Dip. Tech. (Eng.), G.F. Kuska, C. Eng., M.I.E.E., and D.J. Tarr
Indexing terms: Cables and overhead lines, Power transmission Abstract: While normal sag and tension calculations based on the 'equivalent-span' concept are satisfactory, when applied to transmission lines located in a reasonably undulating terrain, the answers obtained by this method are inaccurate for mountainous terrain. An alternative method of calculation, which is based on the analysis of the change of state equation for each span of a section in turn, is given. It is shown that when using this new approach the full effect of both the suspension and tension insulators can be included together with the influence of the running-out blocks on the sag of the conductor. The paper also shows how this concept can be adapted to the function of line design and gives several examples of critical areas where existing methods may give unacceptable results. When stringing conductors in mountainous terrain, it is not always practical to measure the conductor sag using conventional techniques and the paper gives three additional means which may be used, and discusses the advantages and disadvantages of each.
List of symbols

A = cross-sectional area of conductor, mm2 a,b,c,d = constants depending on sag>> C — catenary constant = H/W,m E = Young's modulus of complete conductor, kg/mm2 H = horizontal tension of conductor, kg H' = component of tension in line with AG (Fig. 2d), kg h = height difference between attachment points at adjacent towers, m ht = vertical distance from tower to instrument, m K = unstretched length of conductor in a span (i.e. length after removing the tension at 0° C), m L = chord length between adjacent towers (Fig. 1), m / = length of tension or suspension insulator set, m S = stretched length of conductor in a span, m T = total (tangential) tension in conductor, kg V = vertical load at attachment point due to conductor (uplift load denoted by negative value), kg W = conductor weight per unit length, kg/m Wh = conductor wind load per unit length (wind acting normal to conductor), kg/m Wr = resolved conductor weight per unit length in the plane (as shown in Fig. 2c), kg/m Wv = W + weight of ice per unit length, kg/m W' = resolved conductor weight per unit length in the plane (as shown in Fig. 2b), kg/m X = horizontal span length, m Xo = horizontal distance from attachment point to low point datum (Fig. 1), m Xp = horizontal distance from any point on the catenary to low point datum (Fig. 1), m x = horizontal distance from attachment point to any point on the catenary, m xt = horizontal distance from tower to instrument, m y = sag from chord line at point x on the catenary, m y0 = sag from attachment point at low point datum (Fig. yh yh ' Z = maximum value of y occurring at point X/2 (absence of tension insulators) (Fig. 1), m = maximum value of y not necessarily at point X/2 in presence of tension insulators (Fig. 4), m = transverse horizontal load at attachment point due to conductor, kg

= coefficient of thermal expansion of complete conductor, per deg C /3 = blow-out angle of conductor (Fig. 2b), degrees 7 = angle to the vertical of the suspension or tension insulator sets, degrees Ah = height difference between tower and conductor attachment points (Fig. 9), m Ax = horizontal difference corresponding to Ah, m 5 = angle between chord line and the horizontal in the unresolved plane, degrees 6 = conductor temperature, °C i// = angle between chord line and the horizontal in the resolved plane (Fig. 2d), degrees to = weight of tension or suspension insulator set, kg <t> = angle of the tangent at point F to the horizontal (Fig. 1), degrees Subscripts 1 and 2 denote different values for the same variables.
1 Introduction


Paper 20S4C (P8), first received 2nd November 1981 and in revised form 20th May 1982 The authors are with Balfour Beatty Power Construction Limited, Power Transmission Division, 7 Mayday Road, Thorton Heath, Surrey CR4 7XA, England IEEPROC, Vol. 129, Pt. C, No. 5, SEPTEMBER 1982

Since the advent of transmission lines, theories have been progressively developed to define the sag and tension behaviour of the conductor. Initially these were oriented towards manual calculations and, consequently, were based upon the parabolic theory (Boyse and Simpson [1]). With the introduction of computers most theories are now based upon the accurate catenary equations (Rieger [2]). In multi-span sections, it is usual to assume that the horizontal tensions will react to changes in load and temperature as a single span referred to by the well known term 'equivalent span'. The mathematical treatment to obtain the 'equivalent span' is based upon parabolic theory, and there is no similar concept using full catenary equations. While the methods give acceptable and practical results for the majority of lines constructed'in normal, reasonably undulating terrain, e.g. in the UK, in mountainous areas these theories produce significant errors. Overhead-line engineers are already aware of this problem, as illustrated by Winkelman [3], which develops the parabolic and catenary theories for application to inclined sections. Our recent experience, on applying this method to very mountainous terrain, highlighted the presence of further inaccuracies which will result in the towers and conductors experiencing loads in excess of their limiting design values. In an attempt to overcome these problems, a theory has been developed which is the subject of this paper. At the development stage it became evident that the above inaccuracies were valid for both the single- and multi-span sections. This paper was originally presented to the 2nd international conference on 'Progress in cables and overhead lines
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SEPTEMBER 1982 Authorized licensed use limited to: UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO. 1—10 the parameters H and W should be replaced by H' and Wr. 2009 at 09:11 from IEEE Xplore. Wv cos 5 and Wv sin 5. Under this condition. No. Referring to Fig. the value of K is equal to the chord length L.for 220 kV and above' [4] and has now been expanded to include practical examples using the methods of calculations described. and not the inline horizontal force at the tower.3] and elastic (Hattingh [5]). These. 1 for the unknown H'2 it should be noted that this is the 'horizontal' tension in the rotated plane (Fig. When the conductor is subjected to wind acting normal to it.e. Step 4: Fig.01 % in the estimation of the unstretched length.1. This line represents the 'horizontal' plane in which the catenary equations are valid. It should be noted that this equation is only valid for stillair conditions.e. Force Wv must be resolved along two axes normal to and parallel with the chord line. With respect to the former. This assumption causes an error of less than 0. 5. Having solved eqn. if point F is to the left of D. To utilise the above statement in the development of the change-of-state equation. thus satisfying the requirements to solve the change-of-state equation (eqn. for this reason. It is therefore felt that the inelastic theory gives a tolerable accuracy. 2 2. Restrictions apply. it became evident that the elastic treatment requires lengthy computation without producing worthwhile improvements in the accuracy of the result. V and Z at tower A (Fig.1 Theory Basic equations angle to the horizontal of the tangent at point F = tan" 1 ! s i n h l . Step 3: Fig. 2d shows the inclined span rotated about point A. Considering the two theories. The forces in the deflected plane.2 Change-of-state equation (9) Before detailed considerations were given to the problem. are given below: LT catenary constant C = — = c/cosh^length of conductor between points A and D S = Csinh — C horizontal length Xo (D' A) Xo also Xo = Csinh" 1 — H vertical component of tension at point A V = //sinh^total tension at point A T = half-span sag yh = C |cosh—-1 ^ =— -Csinh"1 h X 2Csinh — (1) (2) (3) When considering a length of conductor suspended between two towers. Downloaded on July 1. force Wr is the only force present and acts 'vertically'. an assumption was made that. 2a) along the X X axis. 1. 1 Inclined span Sign convention: Xo positive and Xp negative for the case shown.^ |} 2. two simplifications have been made related to the unstretched length of the conductor and its tension. Regarding the tension.e. 10). 2 and explained below: Step 1: Fig. To obtain the tension components H. respectively. Step 2: Fig. but. in calculating the elastic changes. the wind force Wh acting normal to the conductor and the vertical force Wv due to the conductor and ice weight. when calculating the elastic and thermal changes. if further accuracy is required. 129. it is first necessary to calculate the Vertical' force in the rotated IEEPROC. the mean total tension in the conductor length has been assumed to equal the horizontal tension. are combined to give the resultant force Wr acting at an angle i// to the normal to the chord line. the vertical and transverse forces present must be resolved in the deflected plane of the conductor before applying eqn. 1. 2a shows an inclined span under the influence of a wind force. applicable to the solution of a catenary. 2b shows a section through the element (Fig. after it has been clamped in. W' and Wv sin 5. 2d~). it can be improved by adopting the second-term-approximation system given in step (d) of Section 3. inelastic [2. Consider the forces acting on the conductor element. 2a). such that the chord line makes an angle \p to the line AG. the inelastic catenary equations are used. it was recognised that there are two theories. Xp becomes positive 214 where subscripts 1 and 2 denote two different conditions. i. C. Vol. The forces acting are Wh. it equals the length given by the catenary equation less the elastic and thermal changes. i. the change-of-state equation becomes: (4) sinh C2 (5) h sinh yi A (Y) EA (10) (6) (7) 1+ 2 Csinh X 2C~ (8) Xo Fig. and. Pt. 2c shows the inclined span rotated about axis AB through angle /3. The resultant force W' acting at an angle j3 to the vertical is obtained. it is assumed that the unstretched length K of the conductor at 0°C is constant. i. To use eqns. 10. the latter applied parallel with the chord line. by reference to Fig. . The method for resolving these forces is given in Fig. It is felt that this accuracy is sufficient for practical purposes.

Vol. Downloaded on July 1. 129. No. 2009 at 09:11 from IEEE Xplore. Restrictions apply. 3 Forces on suspension insulators a Conductor on running-out blocks b Conductor clamped in IEEPROC. SEPTEMBER 1982 215 Authorized licensed use limited to: UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO. 2 Resolution of forces under wind conditions a Span subjected to a wind force normal to the conductor 6 Deflection of element through section X X c Span through section Y Y d Span in resolved plane suspension insulator suspension insulator Fig. Pt. . 5. C.Q=Wh c = W v sin8 d = Wwcos6 Fig.

it should be noted that eqn. C. particularly in mountainous terrain. SEPTEMBER 1982 Fig. 8 no longer applies. the effect can be significant.1 Starting conditions To carry out the calculations two parameters of the line must be known at a given point in time. . the following equation is derived: 7 = tan . 2009 at 09:11 from IEEE Xplore. (e) Steps (c) and (d) are repeated for all spans in the section IEEPROC. 3a which shows the conductor mounted immediately below the suspension insulator. By reference to Fig. Consequently. it follows that: on the solution of eqn. with regard to tension.1 Conductor on running-out blocks: Consider Fig. Vol.plane at point A (eqn. 10 the procedure is as follows: (a) The vertical and transverse loads are estimated at each tower position. i. 6) and then reverse the above step-bystep procedure. using the value of the chord length for the unstretched length. While the programming of the sag equations was straightforward. 12 can be derived.3. (This improves the accuracy in calculating the unstretched length to better than 0. (c) The left-hand side of eqn. Pt.4 Effect of tension insulator The length and weight of a tension insulator cause errors in sag and tension. it is evident that although previous theories assumed the suspension set to be always vertical this assumption is incorrect. the 'equivalent span' concept is not valid. the reduction in span length X and the slight variation in height difference h have only a marginal influence The horizontal tension H is known from the change-of-state equation and the insulator weight co given.3. an overhead line contractor requires data resulting from a large number of sag and tension calculations.e. 3b shows the suspension insulator at an angle 7 to the vertical. and when it is clamped in.2 Conductor clamped in: Once the conductor is clamped in. In this respect. (d) Should further accuracy in the unstretched length be required (see Section 2. the angle 7 of all suspension insulators and a limit tension. because no conductor movement occurs at the clamp. the unstretched length in individual spans is not constant. as required by the specification. 15 thus obtaining ^ 3 Application of theory by computer programming For the purpose of tower design. 4. Normally the suspension insulators are assumed to be vertical at the expected stringing temperature. 4 216 Span with tension insulator Authorized licensed use limited to: UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO. However. and a practical approach is given below: (i) Calculate y for three different values of* (ii) Solve y = ax2 + bx + c (15) (iii) Calculate JC for maximum sag. The solution to the problem lies in the evaluation of the elastic and thermal effects in the conductor in each individual span. Assuming the block to be frictionless. 129. Without the aid of a computer program it is not practical to undertake these calculations. To provide the necessary sagging information during stringing. For multi-span sections these were overcome by the method outlined below: 3. because the verticality depends upon the geometry of the section and the temperature. For calculating the left-hand side of eqn. namely.e. These must. 2. the maximum sag y^ (which does not necessarily occur at X/2) must be calculated. as the block is free to rotate thus permitting conductor movement between spans. span-byspan analysis. 2. Considering this condition. the unstretched length in individual spans remains constant. It follows that the horizontal tensionsHx and H2 in the adjacent spans are different unless 7 equals zero. The assumed tension values relate to a limit in the horizontal or total component. reflect the geometry of the line. JC = —b/2a (iv) Substitute x from (iii) into eqn. For this reason Fig. with the result that the horizontal tensions in adjacent spans may not be equal. the total unstretched length in a section is constant. The vertical force V is dependent on Xo and hence on Ah. (b) The total tension is estimated at the first tower. the following equations apply: tan 3 also / = VA/J2 + Ax2 7 H V + co/2 Ax Ah (13) (14) T = \IH\ + v\ = \ltii + v\ (11) Taking moments about point Q. 10 and are ignored. 2. 2. eqn. Again by taking moments about Q. Under conditions of excessive gradients the suspension insulator will swing longitudinally. when the conductor is on running out blocks. Restrictions apply. particularly in EHV downleads. the left-hand side of eqn. 5.l H2 — (12) Furthermore. the tension equations presented some difficulties.0001 %). Obviously.2). 10 can be recalculated using the value for the unstretched length found under step (c) above. The solution for Ah and Kcan be achieved by iterative technique. As far as the error in sag is concerned. i.3 Effect of suspension insulators Two conditions must be considered. No. profiling and stringing. Downloaded on July 1. 10 is evaluated for the first span in the section.

This Section. For the 'Zebra' conductor this corresponds to a tension of 6722 kg. e.taking into account the angle 7. 10 should be reduced as the span gradient is increased. (c) The right-hand side of eqn. for a condition other than the starting condition.18mm ACSR) strung to typical UK loading conditions. hence. No. when the conventional method is selected. With some line constructions.3 % between the theories. there is a small difference of approximately 0. mentioned in this paper.2 with the exception of step (c). 10. As guidelines. a number of examples are given below. i.3 Condition when conductor is on running-out blocks This refers to the conductor being free to move and the procedure adopted is the same as under Section 3.0. 10) are ruled by the horizontal tensions. 5. in cases of excessive gradients. Fig. This may be required when dealing with very long sections (g) use as a general-purpose design aid for the evaluation of sags and tensions leading to rapid solution of field problems In order that a better understanding of this theory can be obtained. 5 Practical application to line design Conventional sag and tension methods are satisfactory for the majority of situations. to determine the sections in which the more rigorous treatment given in this paper should be considered: (a) if the span gradient for any span within the section exceeds 0. This. 3. to ensure that the tension on a 366 m span does not exceed 2651 kg under still-air conditions anywhere in the span 217 Authorized licensed use limited to: UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO. Pt. 5 illustrates this reduction in horizontal tension against span gradient. Computer runs have shown that for normal level singlespan sections there is no difference between conventional methods and the one now proposed. The difference between these two figures is more than sufficient to account for any increases in tension due to the nature of the terrain in the UK. see below. if any. In mountainous terrain the output refers to two stringing conditions: (i) when the conductor in a section is located on running-out blocks (ii) when the conductor in a section is clamped in (f) the evaluation of suspension-insulator longitudinalswing and out-of-balance tensions. SEPTEMBER 1982 Following the development of the program. and use of the method described above. It is therefore necessary to have available a method of assessing these critical situations. the difference between conventional methods and the one proposed gradually increases. even though. Restrictions apply. 129. Tension calculations (eqn. isolated sections may be found which slightly exceed the limits given above. Thus. 5. the following empirical conditions have been developed. which is as follows: (c) A summation of the values for the right-hand side of eqn. 10 is made. the bottom of the suspension insulator will move in the transverse direction. isolated mountainous sections may be present where the method from this paper must be considered. can lead to critical ground-clearance problems (e) the production of sags and tension data for field use.2 or if the average span gradient within the section exceeds 0. using eqn.15 (b) if the conventional sag and tension using the modifications given by Winkelman [3] give an offset in excess of 0. When considering successive spans. when considering a complete line. Under extreme circumstances. does not constitute a criticism of UK practice which employs a special technique. number 1355. 2009 at 09:11 from IEEE Xplore.2 Condition when conductor is clamped in This refers to the evaluation of the right-hand side of eqn. one method is selected and used throughout the line. 11. cannot be normally justified in view of the additional data required. where even with level span sections. where conventional techniques may be ideal.12 for calculation of the horizontal tension in succeeding spans. (d) By reiteration of steps (b) and (c). vertical and transverse tensions are estimated at each tower. of all loads imposed by the conductors and earthwires (b) the design and selection of profile-plotting templates which reflect the effect of gradients (c) the investigation of tower loads in cases where a combination of long and short spans may result in unacceptable out-of-balance longitudinal and vertical loads (d) an accurate determination of sags and tensions in circumstances where the route topography imposes a severe limitation on tower locations. This occurs at the highest point of attachment of the conductor to the tower. however. of the suspension insulator. In the UK external loads and factors of safety related to transmission lines are governed by the Statutory Instruments 1970. Before considering the next span the horizontal tension is altered according to eqn 12. for safely overcoming the inadequacies of conventional sag and tension calculations. The conventional UK practice for sag and tension calculations for this conductor is to employ a maximum horizontal tension of 5505 kg. Vol. 4 Application of theory to practical line situations adopt more than one sag and tension method for its construction. This is due to the fact that under wind conditions. river crossings (d) if aircraft warning spheres are fitted (e) if for some reason one or more suspension sets are not designed to be vertical at the time of clamping. for tower-design purpose.e. limited investigations have shown that conventional theories will underestimate the maximum tension and sag by up to about 20%. if conventional suspension insulators are used. 10 is evaluated for each span and angle 7 of the suspension insulator.g. convergence on the position of the conductor attachment point at the last tower is obtained.2 defines the minimum factor of safety for total (tangential) tensions of the conductors as 2. causing an increase in the chord length between the fixing points. unlike multi-spans. it has been found increasingly useful in connection with studies and calculations relevant to the following design activities: (a) the determination. changed to accommodate any variation in the chord length. but ignored in conventional techniques. 3. .5 m (c) for all sections containing spans in excess of 1 km. the maximum working tension (MWT) in the conductors refers to the maximum tension anywhere in the conductor's length. at an early stage. Downloaded on July 1. As conditions on the line change from a level span. it is not ideal to IEEPROC. This effect is included in the present theory. The procedure adopted is as follows: (a) Using the equivalent-span technique the horizontal. Hence. Naturally. C. to ensure that the MWT is not exceeded. the tension used in eqn. the horizontal tension is changed according to eqn.1 Variation of tensions with span gradients In most specifications. Clause 9. (b) The total tension is estimated at the first tower. These examples relate to a 'Zebra' conductor (54/7/3. it is apparent that in critical situations there is a need for more accurate sag and tension techniques.

However. 6. Vol.4 0. 2 at the point of their application.7%. 5. kg 100 As eqn. a reduction of 7. to be used during plotting. a second and far more important effect can arise with some designs. 6 is obtained by determining the number of templates. because the templates are based on horizontal tensions. Fig. This results in the tension of the earthwire being increased. In the case of insulator sets.5 . causing a discontinuity in eqn.2 : 0.4%. 2009 at 09:11 from IEEE Xplore. usually having the highest span gradient (b) Any template is offered to this span and the weight span at the highest tower read off the template (c) The weight span is checked against Fig. . this graph is used in the following manner: (a) The worst span in a section is visually selected. hence. SEPTEMBER 1982 Authorized licensed use limited to: UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO. below which the graph is indeterminate. This Figure was constructed assuming a level two-span section having 150 and 500 m span lengths.0.mSketch of template selection graph 30- 3400 Fig. Pt.length. The straight line given in the Figure represents the level single-span condition. longitudinal loads of a magnitude H2 — Hi are transmitted to the suspension towers. £ 1.1 100? c \ \ •- c si a. it is necessary to install aircraft warning spheres on the earthwires. Even on level spans. Restrictions apply. 7 sets. from which template selection is made . 129. Fig. 5 Horizontal tension on a 366 m span to ensure conductor's tension should not exceed 2651 kg 5. 5. a o "50 £ ^ \ 2200 2400 horizontal tension. this may give rise to high longitudinal loads at the tower.6 0. No. 12 shows. >v \ specified maximum tension \ n200 150g E c vertical and. Downloaded on July 1. and the longitudinal out-of-balance forces shown are calculated at 75° C in still air.4 >. Fig.2 Profile plotting The problems mentioned in Section 5. These form effective masses at discrete points of the line. From this data. This problem has been solved by introducing a graph. a fact often ignored when conventional sag and tension equations are used. 6 equivalent span. the transmitted force is normally very small. It follows. that template selection is a function of equivalent span length and span gradient.3 o in 0. there has been a tendency to reduce the length of the earthwire set which connects the earthwire to the tower. 0. owing to their length. and tensions for each template. kg 2600 thwi ength & 0. Fig. 10 should be reduced to 2454 kg. so that the sag remains the same as a conductor without such a mass. C. placed on a 366 m level span.1 cause further complications during the profile plotting stage. therefore. The magnitude of this force is influenced by the length of the insulator string or earthwire set.2 0 0 2 4 6 8 10 12 14 16 horizontal tension applied to earthwire peak at suspension tower. The program is run to predict the horizontal tension. It was further assumed the set is vertical when under wind conditions. considering a span having a difference in height between the conductor attachment points of 100 m that the tension in eqn. This shows. Fig. this figure shows the specified tension should be reduced by 0. 6 can be drawn by plotting the lines corresponding to the horizontal tension chosen for the templates. in which the increase in tension has been calculated to accomodate a single-centre span mass. located in the vicinity of aircraft flight paths. in recent years.3 Transverse loads on suspension earth wire peaks 3200 3000 10 2800 0 20 40 60 80 weight of central mass. 7 shows that if this set is made too short. 6. the suspension insulator is not normally 218 Fig. 8 shows a simplified example of this.4 j | Loads applied to the suspension tower Effect of masses on conductors On some lines. "U 0 2000 o <D "o Fig.8 I 0. and the correct template selected for use in final plotting 5. at maximum operating temperature. from the specified limiting conditions for a number of spans and span gradients. because the sag of the earthwire should be equal or less than the sag of the conductor from electrical considerations. Fig. 8 Increase in tension to accommodate a centre span mass without increasing sag IEEPROC.0 0. While the effect of this is mainly on the sag calculations.6 0. When considering additional masses under MWT conditions. In practice.

g. but the selection of the appropriate method will be dictated by site circumstances.5 Tension method By reference to Fig. 5. 6.4 Tangent method When stringing conductors in mountainous terrain it is not always possible or desirable to use the conventional sagging technique. the instrument.1. where the gun sight and the sighting board are fixed to the towers at a distance yh> below the conductor attachment points. the selected earthwire must be sufficiently strong. To accommodate this additional tension caused by fitting spheres.2 Modified conventional method The difficulty in using this method lies in the reiterative calculation for 0 and the accuracy with which it has to be measured. an accurate sagging method can be achieved by the use of a load cell prior to conductor marking and the installation of tension insulator. while still maintaining the required factors of safety. but limited to cases when yh' is less than the tower heights. must also be included in the tension calculations. theodolite or dumpy level. Its accuracy will decease with small spans. it is seen that this method applies to conditions when the gun sight and the sighting board cannot be located on the tower. and is made by the stringing engineer. Restrictions apply. Failure to achieve this can result in a situation in which the sag of the earthwire dictates the main conductor sags. It requires care in accurate location of the theodolite. When considering short span sections. 129. SEPTEMBER 1982 219 Authorized licensed use limited to: UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO. e. the stringing engineer. 6. 6 Sag measuring techniques 6. 9b. To provide field staff with alternatives.6 Stringing tables It is not possible to provide site staff with sufficient information in conventional sag-chart form to string conductors using sighting board Fig. 9 Method of sag measurement a Conventional b Modified conventional c Low-point datum d Tangent IEEPROC. Pt. which can prove to be an uneconomical solution. . C. 6. 9c). In application. Obviously. four further methods have been developed.the effect of the weight of ice load and extra wind load on the added masses. For reason of accuracy and site calculation this method is to be avoided if possible. and the accuracy achieved is dependent upon the variation of y0 with changes in temperature.1 Conventional method Fig. Downloaded on July 1. 9a. 9d illustrates the case where the location of the theodolite is defined by limited access. The field application is straightforward. This technique lends itself to situations where compression deadends are made aloft. Vol. 2009 at 09:11 from IEEE Xplore. together with their weight. having fixed its location. Each has its limitations. its application is limited to cases having a low-point datum. If the variation is small the method may be unsuitable. and has the same limitations as in Section 6. is required to make use of the following equations: (16) where d = C In (tan 0 + sec 0) (17) This is illustrated in Fig. No. is located at a distance y0 below the conductor attachment point.3 Low-point method With this method (Fig. 6. 6.

91.F. N. 1959. C. an accurate method of span-to-span analysis has been developed.64 3. it was necessary to apply the full range of methods.90 203. where conditions were so severe that the use of helicopters became the only means of access. Inst. Pt.80 3. in reasonable terrain. 1532-1547 4 BRADBURY. which has an added advantage over conventional sag-chart owing to ease of reading rather than interpolation of graphs. J. The program provides computerprintout tables. illustrated in Table 1. 9 References 1 BOYSE..36 16. P. pp. where existing techniques may result in noticeable errors.28 tower number Y m °C 0.: 'The problem of conductor sagging on overhead transmission lines'.42 16.00 15.42 0.29 16. Normally. 5.T.26 -15.50 16.48 3. Elect. and the Directors of Balfour Beatty Limited for permission to publish this paper.74 227.12 4. D. Engrs. 78.20 4.22 207. KUSKA.: 'Sag-tension computations and field measurements of Bonneville Power Administration'.30 all five methods given above. Trans.92 212.29 16.30 16. Restrictions apply.00 35. 2009 at 09:11 from IEEE Xplore. 176. and TARR.F.00 5.32 3.13 -10. each being determined by the relative conditions of each section encountered. as detailed under Section 6.Table 1 : Typical stringing table obtained from computer Temperature Horizontal load kg 2400 2290 2189 2096 2011 1933 1862 1796 Total tension high tower low tower number number kg kg 2400 2290 2189 2097 2012 1934 1862 1796 2422 2312 2211 2118 2033 1955 1883 1817 Half span sag m low tower number Y X m m high X m 233. in long multi-span sections with excessive gradients this effect can be significant and should be examined..86 -20. where the tangential tension is measured by a load cell. IEE.39 0.93 200. 129. Downloaded on July 1. However.60 0. 1960) 3 WINKELMAN. J. proved extremely effective.00 3. and wish to thank the General Manager of the Power Transmission Division.: 'Der Freileitungsbau' (Springer Verlag.14 1. the use of the tension method. where the conventional method of sagging is either impossible or impracticable. alternative methods must be available to the site organisation. . Publ. This is of particular importance in mountainous terrain. consideration need not be given to the out-of-balance loads due to the longitudinal swing of the suspension insulator.00 20.44 -31. 7 Conclusions In many instances.00 25. Pt.00 10.11 -2. IEE Conf.: 'A universal stress-sag chart (for line computations)' (Blackie & Sons. 219-238 2 RIEGER. No.J. then. Balfour Beatty Power Construction Limited. In mountainous terrain.96 4. 1944.46 0. 1979. and SIMPSON.40 16. Pt. pp.. Vol.51 0.65 222.00 30. Ill B pp. CO.43 -6. J.05 216. Amer.. During the construction of the 400 kV line through the formidable Zagros mountains in Central Iran.39 0. 8 Acknowledgments To satisfy the statutory ground clearance requirements.G. SEPTEMBER 1982 Authorized licensed use limited to: UNIVERSIDADE DO PORTO. 1936) 220 IEEPROC.52 0.40 0. II. and to ensure that the specified factors of safety of the line are maintained.32 16. H. 1-5 5 HATTINGH..95 -25. The authors acknowledge the help of their colleagues in the preparation of this work. G.: 'Sag and tension calculations in mountainous terrain'.

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