Geometry and friction of helically wrapped wires in a cable subjected to tension and bending

Kee Jeung Hong, Chongku Yi, Young Ki Lee

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Abstract

Helically wrapped wire cables were first introduced to overcome the difficulties in transporting and installing straight wires. Presently, helically wrapped wire cables are used as the important load-carrying elements in many structures such as suspension bridges, cable-stayed bridges, tall guyed towers, power transmission lines, and flexible electrical conductors. In design and analysis, cables are traditionally assumed to carry axial load only; thus, studies on the bending behavior of the cables have been limited. Although the small curvature assumption of the cable may be valid for most part, the possible development of a large curvature at the bearings and anchorage cannot be ignored nor avoided. In this study, an analytical model was developed for the helically wrapped wires in a cable subjected to tension and small bending, with full consideration of the helically wrapped wire geometry. Using the developed model, an approximate upper limit of the cable curvature -for which the conventional Bernoulli-Euler-Navier kinematic beam assumption can be adapted to evaluate the stress in the wires- was obtained.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)233-242
Number of pages10
JournalInternational Journal of Steel Structures
Volume12
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012 Jun

Keywords

  • Cable
  • Cable bending
  • Friction
  • Helically wrapped wire
  • Helix geometry
  • Slip

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering

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