Progressive Collapse of Power Transmission Tower-Line System Under Extremely Strong Earthquake Excitations
|Published in:||International Journal of Structural Stability and Dynamics, August 2016, n. 7, v. 16|
The simulation of progressive collapse of a power transmission tower-line system subjected to extremely strong earthquakes is studied in this paper. A three-dimensional finite element model is established for the coupled system that combines three towers and four span lines based on a practical project. The birth to death technique is adopted to simulate the progressive collapse of the system by using the user subroutine VUMAT in ABAQUS. The simulation of progressive collapse of the transmission tower-line system under either single-component or multi-component earthquake excitations is conducted. The collapse path, fracture position and collapse resistant capacity of the transmission tower are investigated. The result shows that the effect of multi-component seismic excitations should be taken into account in simulation of progressive collapse of the transmission tower, since the behavior of towers under multi-component excitations is different from that of single-component excitations. In addition, incremental dynamic analysis (IDA) is carried out to verify the results obtained herein. The present result should prove useful to the seismic design of power transmission towers.
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