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Licensed Electrical & Mechanical Engineer BMayer@ChabotCollege.edu
Engineering 36 Chp 7: Flex Cables Bruce Mayer, PE Licensed Electrical & Mechanical Engineer

Recall Chp10 Introduction
Examine in Detail Two Important Types Of Engineering Structures: BEAMS - usually long, straight, prismatic members designed to support loads applied at various points along the member CABLES - flexible members capable of withstanding only tension, designed to support concentrated or distributed loads

Load-Bearing Cables Göteborg, Sweden Straight Curved WHY the Difference? Cables are applied as structural elements in suspension bridges, transmission lines, aerial tramways, guy wires for high towers, etc.

To Determine the Cable SHAPE, Assume: Concentrated vertical loads on given vertical lines Weight of cable is negligible Cable is flexible, i.e., resistance to bending is small Portions of cable between successive loads may be treated as TWO FORCE MEMBERS Internal Forces at any point reduce to TENSION Directed ALONG the Cable Axis

Concentrated Loads (2) Consider entire cable as a free-body
Slopes of cable at A and B are NOT known FOUR unknowns (i.e., Ax, Ay, Bx, By) are involved and the equations of equilibrium are NOT sufficient to determine the reactions.

Consider equilibrium of cable-section AD Assume that CoOrdinates of SOME point D, (x,y), on the cable have been Determined (e.g., by measurement) Then the added Eqn: With pt-D info, the FOUR Equilibrium Eqns

Concentrated Loads (4) The 4 Eqns Yield Ax & Ay
Can Now Work our Way Around the Cable to Find VERTICAL DISTANCE (y-CoOrd) For ANY OTHER point known Example  Consider Pt C2 known UNknown known known known known

For the Given Loading & Geometry, Determine: The elevation of points B and D The maximum slope and maximum tension in the cable. The cable AE supports three vertical loads from the points indicated. Point C is 5 ft below the left support

free-body and summing moments about E, and from taking cable portion ABC as a free-body and summing moments about C. Known CoOrds Calculate elevation of B by considering AB as a free-body and summing moments B. Similarly, calculate elevation of D using ABCD as a free-body. Evaluate maximum slope and maximum tension which occur in DE. Solution Plan Determine reaction force components at pt-A from solution of two equations formed from taking entire cable as a Since Tx = const, and T is on LoA of cable, steepest cable section yields highest T by vector addition: T = Tx + Ty

entire cable as a free-body and summing moments about E: Determine two reaction force components at A from solution of two equations formed from taking the

Recall from ΣME Next take Cable Section ABC as a Free-Body, and Sum the Moments about Point C Solving 2-Eqns in 2-Unknowns for Ax & Ay

Determine elevation of B by considering AB as a free-body and summing moments about B. Similarly, Calc elevation at D using ABCD as a free-body

Maximum Tension Analysis
By the ΣFx = 0 Solving for T Thus T is Maximized by Maximum θ

Find Maximum Segment Angle
Use the y-data just calculated to find the cable segment of steepest slope

Use yD to Determine Geometry of tanθ Evaluate maximum slope and maximum tension which occur in the segment with the STEEPEST Slope (large θ); DE in this case Employ the Just-Determined θ to Find Tmax

For a negligible-Weight Cable carrying a Distributed Load of Arbitrary Profile The cable hangs in shape of a CURVE INTERNAL force is a tension force directed along the TANGENT to the curve

Distributed Loads (2) Consider the Free-Body for a portion of cable extending from LOWEST point C to given point D. Forces are T0 (FH in the Text Book) at Lo-Pt C, and the tangential force T at D From the Force Triangle

Distributed Loads (3) Some Observations based on
Horizontal component of T is uniform over the Cable Length Vertical component of T is equal to the magnitude of W Tension is minimum at lowest point (min θ), and maximum at A and B (max θ) T = T0/cosɵ => minmum at ɵ = 0

Parabolic Cable Consider a cable supporting a uniform, horizontally distributed load, e.g., support cables for a suspension bridge. With loading on cable from lowest point C to a point D given by internal tension force, T, and Vertical Load W = wx, find: w in lb/ft or N/m Summing moments about D The shape, y, is PARABOLIC:

Consider the uniformly Loaded Cable In this case: w(x) = w w is a constant L is the Suspension Span: From Last Slide Or Then xB & xA Thus L

Factoring Out 2T0/w Isolating T0 If WE design the Suspension System, then we KNOW L (Span) w (Load) yA & yB (Dims) Example L= 95 m (312 ft) w = 640 N/m (44 lb/ft) yA = 19m yB = 37m Then T0 = N (5955 lb) Tmax by

Find xmax from In this case xmax = 55.3 m (181 ft) And finally Tmax = N (9 943 lbs) Buy Cable rated to 20 kip for Safety factor of 2.0 MATLAB Calcs >> L = 95 L = 95 >> w = 640 w = 640 >> yA = 19 yA = 19 >> yB = 37 yB = 37 >> TO =L^2*w/(2*(sqrt(yB)+sqrt(yA))^2) TO = 2.6489e+04 >> xB = sqrt(2*TO*yB/w) xB = >> Tmax = sqrt(TO^2 + (w*xB)^2) Tmax = 4.4228e+04

NO Deck-Support Cables
Load-Bearing Cables Göteborg, Sweden End Loads Vertically Loaded NO Deck-Support Cables Deck-Support COLUMNS The STRAIGHT part is a 2-Force member Tension in the Straight-Section is roughly Equal to the Parabolic-Tension at the Tower-Top. So the Support Tower does Not Bend

Consider a cable uniformly loaded by the cable itself, e.g., a cable hanging under its own weight. With loading on the cable from lowest point C to a point D given by W = ws, the Force Triangle reveals the internal tension force magnitude at Pt-D: s = cable-wt per unit-length Where

Next, relate horizontal distance, x, to cable-length s But by Force Balance Triangle Also From last slide recall Thus

Factoring Out c in DeNom Finally the Differential Eqn Integrate Both Sides using Dummy Variables of Integration: σ: 0→x η: 0→s

Using σ: 0→x η: 0→s Now the R.H.S. AntiDerivative is the argSINH Noting that

Thus the Solution to the Integral Eqn Then Solving for s in terms of x by taking the sinh of both sides

Finally, Eliminate s in favor of x & y. From the Diagram From the Force Triangle And From Before So the Differential Eqn

Recall the Previous Integration That Relates x and s Using s(x) above in the last ODE Integrating the ODE with Dummy Variables: Ω: c→y σ: 0→x When y=c, then x=0 ** at an arbitrary pt when y = y, then x = x

Noting that cosh(0) = 1 Solving for y yields the Catenary Equation: Where c = T0/w T0 = the 100% laterally directed force at the ymin point w = the lineal unit weight of the cable (lb/ft or N/m)

Catenary Comments With Hyperbolic-Trig ID: cosh2 – sinh2 = 1 Or:
Recall From the Differential Geometry or

y = 0 at Cable Minimum Translate the CoOrd System Vertically from Previous: Recall Eqn for y−c Thus with Origin at cable Minimum Sub y = yO+c

y = 0 at Cable Minimum (2) Then Recall c = T0/w Thus
Next, Change the Name of the Cable’s Lineal Specific Weight (N/m or lb/ft)

y = 0 at Cable Minimum (3) With µ replacing w
In Summary can Use either Formulation based on Axes Origin: L

Cable Length, S, for Catenary
Using this Axes Set With Cable macro-segment and differential-segment at upper-right W = µs L The Force Triangle for the Macro- Segment W = µs

Cable Length, S , for Catenary
By Force Triangle But by Differential Segment notice By Transitive Property Now ReCall Then dy/dx Subbing into the tanθ expression

Cable Length, S , for Catenary
Solving the last Eqn for s From the CoOrds So Finally Now find T(y) Recall T = f(x) L

T(y) for Catenary Also ReCall Solve above for cosh
Sub cosh into T(x) Expression

Catenary Summary y(x) T(x) T(y) S(x) Slope at any pt Angle θ at any pt

Let’s Work These Nice Problems
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Registered Electrical & Mechanical Engineer BMayer@ChabotCollege.edu
Engineering 36 Appendix Bruce Mayer, PE Registered Electrical & Mechanical Engineer

Let’s Work These Nice Problems
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