Structural Reliability of Electric
Transmission Lines - Is it a Problem?
M. DiGioia, Jr.
GAI Consultants, Inc.
Do electric transmission lines in the
United States and around the world experience structural failures? What
are the potential causes of failures? Are the risks and associated costs
of failures significant? Can the risk and associated costs be
quantified? These questions will be discussed at the meeting. Current
transmission line structural reliability design criteria will be
discussed and examples of structural failures from around the world will
be presented. Finally, an open discussion will be held concerning the
future role that CMU could play in resolving this issue.