1 School of Engineering, University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, USA
2 Ulteig Engineers, Inc., St. Paul, Minnesota, USA
The structural performance of cross arms used on distribution poles is studied in this paper. Tangent and Dead End configurations involving conventional (wood) and composite (fiber glass) cross arms are analyzed. Strength-to-Stiffness and Weight-to-Stiffness ratios associated with study cases are determined and evaluated.
Results and Conclusion:
It is observed that although initial costs are higher, composite cross arms offer long-term advantages in terms of strength, stiffness, performance and durability.
Keywords: Composite, Cross arms, Dead ends, Distribution lines, Stiffness, Strength, Tangent, Wood.
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