The Structural Response Of A Steel Lattice Transmission Tower To Mining-Related Ground Movements

Bruhn, Robert W.
Organization: International Conference on Ground Control in Mining
Pages: 6
Publication Date: Jan 1, 1990
A 125 foot high steel lattice frame tower supporting a 500 kV EHV transmission line and located over the gateroads of a longwall mining operation was subjected to ground movements from the mining of adjacent longwall panels. Under an agreement with the owner of the powerline, the mine operator was required to minimize mining impacts on the transmission line. In view of this requirement, the mine operator prepared a forecast of the expected subsidence ground movements prior to the onset of mining. These forecasts, in conjunction with finite element analyses of the tower superstructure under the imposed ground movements and wind loadings. suggested that the structural capacity of the tower would probably be diminished little, if at all, by mining. Ground movements determined by survey during mining of the two longwall panels were found to be in close agreement with predictions. Strains measured in selected tower members during mining generally agreed with values calculated by the finite element analyses. The study confirmed a methodology to predict subsidence and to assess its effects on steel lattice transmission towers.
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