TADP 680 Special Topics: TLine Structures

Course Information:  The course covers in-depth design of steel poles, concrete poles, and associated foundations.  The major topics include: Review of steel pole specifications, development of loading trees, design of steel poles including arms, attachment details, base plate, anchor bolts, and connections, manufacturing process, inspections of weld details, testing of steel poles, review of concrete pole specifications, design of concrete poles, comparison of steel vs. concrete poles, associated industry national standards, foundation optimization, and anchor foundations.

 

Module Descriptions:

Week 1: Loading Tree Development, Design of steel pole section,  Pole section optimization

Week 2: Manufacturing of Steel poles, Steel Material, Design of Welds, Design of Bolts, Arm connection design

Week 3: Design of slip and flange connection, Base plate design, Anchor bolt design, Pull-off and other details design

Week 4: Review of steel pole specifications, Finish requirements, Corrosion Aspects, Inspection & Maintenance, Review of steel pole manufacturer drawings, Testing of transmission structures

Week 5: Concrete Poles (Regular and Prestressed),  Concrete pole specifications, Steel vs. concrete, Design and manufacturing, Types of Concrete Poles, Hybrid Poles, Musle Pole, Inspection & Maintenance

Week 6 : Foundation optimization for steel poles, Anchors for Guyed Structures,  Helical Anchors , Helical anchors-different suppliers, Theories and specifications, Field test data, Design of anchors, Testing of anchors, Grillage Anchors, Rock Anchors

Week7: Foundation for Latticed Structures, Design of Stubs, Base Plate Design, AB cage Design, Finish (Galvanizing & Dulling), Corrosion Aspects, Inspection & Maintenance

Week 8: Final Project

Recent Student Evaluations:

  • The discussion board questions were one of the most helpful parts of the class, aside from the material that was shared by the Professors.  It was very beneficial to get different perspectives about what others around the country and world get to deal with.
  • Learning about the specific structural analysis of the transmission structures was the favorite part.  Least favorite would be performing the time consuming calculations.
  • My favorite part of the course was getting an inside view of the fundamental principles.  For too long have I been curious as to how and why we do some of the things that we do.  Now with classes like this the understanding grows and more questions get uncovered.