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Wind Tunnel Studies on the Galloping of Lightly-Iced Transmission Lines

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Patrick H. Fleming, Neil Popplewell

University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Paper No. FEDSM-ICNMM2010-30808, pp. 155-164; 10 pages
  • ASME 2010 3rd Joint US-European Fluids Engineering Summer Meeting collocated with 8th International Conference on Nanochannels, Microchannels, and Minichannels
  • ASME 2010 7th International Symposium on Fluid-Structure Interactions, Flow-Sound Interactions, and Flow-Induced Vibration and Noise: Volume 3, Parts A and B
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 1–5, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Fluids Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-5451-8 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3880-8
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


The aerodynamics involved in the galloping of lightly-iced transmission lines were studied in a series of wind tunnel experiments. A representative section of a lightly-iced conductor produced in an outdoor freezing rain simulator was used throughout. In the first set of experiments aerodynamic loads were measured on a static model at different wind speeds and angles of attack. These experiments showed that the well-established den Hartog criterion does not predict an instability at wind speeds associated with transmission line galloping. A second set of experiments examined the effects of different steady rotational motions on the aerodynamic loads. Automated controls were used to rotationally oscillate the model in a repeatable manner at various angles of attack and rotational amplitudes as well as frequencies. The drag remained consistent with quasi-steady values, while the lift was affected by the rotational motion. This rotation-induced lift was enhanced by ice surface irregularities, but further studies were needed to fully assess its importance.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME



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