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General Order 64-A


Appendix F


Typical Problems



Methods Of Providing Proper Strength For Unbalanced Conductor Stresses At Angle Poles


To maintain poles in proper position at angles and corners, it is generally necessary to use guys or some other form of pole bracing. Unless the line is dead–ended, the pull of the conductors is taken as being the same throughout the line.

The degree of unbalanced pull at an angle or corner pole is dependent upon the angle in the line at that point; that is, the greater the angle in the line, the greater is the magnitude of unbalance. Rule 47.3 specifies that when the longitudinal loads in a structure are not normally balanced, the members stressed shall be of such strength as to withstand the total unbalanced load with factors of safety equal to those of Table 4.
  As it is assumed that the line considered in this problem is Grade “A” construction, the pole would be required to provide a safety factor of 4 against unbalanced loads; where guys are used to take the unbalanced loads they must provide a safety factor of 2.

It is assumed that the line discussed in the foregoing dead-end problem crosses from one side of a street to the opposite side, that the longitudinal distance along the street between the two poles concerned is 77 feet, and the angle (β) of deviation is 33° (see sketch). This would result in an unbalanced force being exerted in the direction of A (see force diagram) of



Assuming the pole height and framing as shown in Part 2, the top circumference of pole to be 25 inches the ground circumference to be 48 inches and the center of load to be 38.5 feet above ground line (as determined in Part 2), the fiber stress on the pole at the ground line is as follows:


Bending moment = 38.5 X 11,760 = 452,760 foot-pounds


Fiber stress =


As a safety factor of 4 is required, the use of guys is necessary to hold this strain.


In order not to overstress the pole at the point of guy attachments, 3 ⅝ inch guy strands are found adequate when placed similarly to those shown in the dead-end sketch (Part 2).


The stresses on the guys so placed with a safety factor of 2 are as follows:


Top guy


3 x 2,375 x 2 1.414 x .5680 = 11,445 pounds


Middle guy


4 x 1,520 x 2 1.414 x .5680 = 9,765 pounds


Bottom guy


3 x 1,520 x 2 1.414 x .5680 = 7,325 pounds


If it were not practicable to place guys at A, the longitudinal load could be balanced by placing guys in the directions of B and C.  The horizontal pill at C will be


20,705 x Sin β =11,275 pounds


To balance this load with a safety factor of 2 by guys placed with a “lead” over “height” of 1, the guys would need to have a strength of


2 x 1.414 x 11,275 = 31,885 pounds


The horizontal unbalanced pull in the direction of B for this condition will be


In order to balance this load with a safety factor of 2 by guys placed with a “lead” over “Height” of 1, the guys must have an ultimate strength of


2 x 1.414 x 3,340 = 9,445 pounds


The angle pole (2) on opposite side of the street would be subject to similar unbalanced stresses, hence it must be guyed in a like manner.


As indicated above, the foregoing calculations are based on the minimum sags allowed at 60 degrees F.  Since the tension in conductors varies inversely as the sag, the unbalanced pull at the angle poles in this problem could have been reduced by increasing the sag in the conductors, thus decreasing the guy loads.