Failure of Overhead Line Equipment (OHLE) Structure under Hurricane

Chayut Ngamkhanong, Sakdirat Kaewunruen, Rui Calçada, Rodolfo Martin

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Abstract

Presently, in modern railway systems, train or rolling stocks are powered by electricity through the overhead wire or the third rail on ground. Overhead line equipment (OHLE) is the component for the electric train which provides electric power to the train. OHLE is, for one or two tracks, normally supported by cantilever masts. OHLE is one of vulnerable components in railway system due to its slenderness. Note that, as previously recorded, the strong hurricane caused substantial damage over the large area and possibly knocked the train out of the track and cause electricity failures on OHLE. In fact, cantilever mast subjected to wind and hurricane actions may fail due to the incorrect design, material defects, improper support connections and its foundation etc. In this study, a mast structure with varying rotational soil stiffness is used to construct dynamic influential lines for soil-structure integrity prediction. Finite element model updating technique has been used to perform the dynamic responses of OHLE considering soil-structure interaction of OHLE. The scaled hurricanes at various magnitudes are applied to the OHLE. It is interesting that the support condition plays a significant role in the dynamic responses of OHLE under strong hurricanes. The obtained results demonstrate that the strong hurricane can cause a catastrophic damage to the OHLE which is linked to the failure of electric train. The insight will raise the awareness of engineers for better design of cantilever mast structure and its support condition.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationInnovative Solutions for Soil Structure Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 3rd GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition, Egypt 2019 on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures – The Official International Congress of the Soil-Structure Interaction Group in Egypt (SSIGE)
PublisherSpringer
Pages54-63
ISBN (Electronic)9783030342524
ISBN (Print)9783030342517
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2019
Event3rd GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition, Egypt 2019 on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures: The Official International Congress of the Soil-Structure Interaction Group in Egypt (SSIGE) - Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 10 Nov 201914 Nov 2019

Publication series

NameSustainable Civil Infrastructures
PublisherSpringer
ISSN (Print)2366-3405
ISSN (Electronic)2366-3413

Conference

Conference3rd GeoMEast International Congress and Exhibition, Egypt 2019 on Sustainable Civil Infrastructures
Abbreviated titleGeoMEast 2019
Country/TerritoryEgypt
CityCairo
Period10/11/1914/11/19

Keywords

  • Failure
  • Overhead line
  • structure
  • hurricane
  • hazards

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