A semi-analytical formulation for suspended cables with singularity method

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Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geospatial Engineering


This paper presents a solution procedure for cable configurations, such as the ones used for suspension and cable stayed bridges. It employs a semi analytical method with direct integration of singularity functions. The procedure is rigorous and more efficient than other solution techniques for this class of structures. It can include any number of discontinuous and continuous loads and can take into account the initial configuration of the cable. Because of its efficiency the solution process compared to other solution methods such as finite element analysis is suitable for parametric studies that are needed during the design and construction processes. The procedure may also be used for developing a macro element of cable and its suspenders for use in an efficient finite element solution.

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Engineering Structures