Methods for multi-segment continuous cable analysis


Challenge Journal of Structural Mechanics, vol.9, no.2, pp.48-54, 2023 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 9 Issue: 2
  • Publication Date: 2023
  • Doi Number: 10.20528/cjsmec.2023.02.001
  • Journal Name: Challenge Journal of Structural Mechanics
  • Journal Indexes: TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.48-54
  • Abdullah Gül University Affiliated: Yes


Cables are invaluable members for some applications of engineering. The specialty is due to its behavior under transverse loads. Having almost no rigidity in transverse direction makes cables different from other structural elements. In most applications, cables are assumed to be two force members. However, not only its weight but also its application with roller supports makes them different structural elements. Generally, cables are assembled as single-segmented cables (SSC) where they are fixed at their ends. However, in most of the SSC applications, cables have intermediate supports which can be rollers or sliders. These type of cable applications are called as multi-segment continuous cables (MSCC). In MSCC systems, the cable fixed at its ends and supported by a number of intermediate rollers. Total length of cable is constant, and the intermediate supports are assumed to be frictionless and stationary. In this prob-lem, the critical issue is to find the distribution of the cable length among the segments in the final equilibrium state, so reactions at all supports can be found. Two methods are proposed for the segment length adjustment based on the stress continuity among the cable. These methods are named as direct stiffness method and tension distribu-tion method (relaxation method). Results calculated from the proposed methods are verified by both the reference benchmark problems and commercial finite element program.