Nonlinear Analysis and Design of a Guyed Mast: Comparison of Two Design Proposals
The guyed mast structure consists of a vertical shaft supported along its height by several layers of inclined pre-tensioned guys. The central shaft is generally made of lattice steel structure, and the guys are spaced at equal angles around the mast to ensure the vertical shaft’s stability. By taking a 102 m meteorological guyed tower in Hainan as an example, this paper made two design proposals using steel pipe and round steel material for the shaft respectively. According to the requirements of the project, this paper then did non-linear static analysis and buckling analysis of the structure by finite element software SAP2000, and compared the results of the two proposals so as to find the optimal one. The results show that steel pipe material is more economical when used for the mast shaft and more reasonable for bearing forces. The choice of the number and the initial tension of guys, as well as the wind vibration coefficient, which have a great effect on a guyed mast, are also discussed in this paper.
W. L. Bao and Y. Zhang, "Nonlinear Analysis and Design of a Guyed Mast: Comparison of Two Design Proposals", Advanced Materials Research, Vols. 163-167, pp. 20-24, 2011