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buildings Article Study on Wind-Induced Response of Transmission Tower-Line System under Downburst Wind 1 2 3 3 , Zhiyuan Fang , Zhisong Wang , Renyu Zhu and Hanjie Huang * School of Civil Engineering, Henan University of Science and Technology, Luoyang 471023, China; fangzhiyuan@haust.edu.cn School of Civil Engineering, Chongqing University, Chongqing 400045, China; wangzhisong@cqu.edu.cn China Aerodynamics Research and Development Center, Mianyang 621010, China; zhurenyu@cardc.cn * Correspondence: huanghanjie@cardc.cn Abstract: Downburst is the main source of extreme wind speed in non-typhoon areas, which has caused a large amount of transmission line damage all over the world. In order to reveal the wind- induced vibration response characteristics of a transmission tower-line system under downburst, the nonlinear dynamic analysis of a single tower and tower-line system is carried out, and the ampliﬁcation effect of tower-line coupling and ﬂuctuating wind on the dynamic response is studied. Then, the effects of three wind ﬁeld parameters closely related to the average wind proﬁle on the wind-induced response of the tower-line system are studied. The results show that under the action of the downburst, the tower-line coupling weakens the dynamic response to a certain extent, and the dynamic ampliﬁcation factor of a single tower and tower-line system is 1.1 ~ 1.3; for the self-supporting tower, when the height of the peak wind speed is close to the height of tower, the responses of the structure are more unfavorable. When the vector superposition method is used, the storm moving speed (V ) has little effect on the wind-induced response of the tower-line system. For large-span structures such as tower-line systems, to ensure the safety of the structural design, the value of the characteristic radius (R ) should not be too small. Citation: Fang, Z.; Wang, Z.; Zhu, R.; Huang, H. Study on Wind-Induced Response of Transmission Keywords: downburst; transmission tower; wind-induced dynamic response; wind ﬁeld parameters Tower-Line System under Downburst Wind. Buildings 2022, 12, 891. https://doi.org/10.3390/ buildings12070891 1. Introduction Academic Editor: Francesco The transmission tower-line system is a typical wind-sensitive structure with the Ricciardelli characteristics of high ﬂexibility, long span, and strong geometric nonlinearity. In the past, the wind-induced vibration response analysis of the transmission tower-line system mainly Received: 25 May 2022 focused on the atmospheric boundary layer (ABL) wind ﬁeld, and the value of the design Accepted: 23 June 2022 wind load in the current code is mainly based on this kind of wind. However, meteorologi- Published: 24 June 2022 cal data and relevant statistical information [1–4] show that most of the design wind speed Publisher’s Note: MDPI stays neutral in non-typhoon areas comes from extremely strong winds, such as downbursts generated in with regard to jurisdictional claims in thunderstorm weather. Downbursts have caused a large amount of engineering structural published maps and institutional afﬁl- damage around the world [5–7], among which the damage to transmission tower-line iations. structures is particularly frequent and serious [8]. A downburst is a strong wind formed by high-density cold air hitting the ground during thunderstorms. Downbursts and their associated wind-induced pressure data have always challenged the wind engineering community due to their transient (i.e., non- Copyright: © 2022 by the authors. stationary, short temporal scale) characteristics. Different from ABL wind, a downburst is Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. a short-term local strong wind, which has signiﬁcant non-stationary characteristics. The This article is an open access article wind proﬁle is quite different from the ABL wind, and the wind load changes with the distributed under the terms and relative position relationship between the structure and the storm center. For the wind- conditions of the Creative Commons induced response analysis of long-span structures under extreme wind, although some Attribution (CC BY) license (https:// creativecommons.org/licenses/by/ scholars have carried out research based on a machine learning method at this stage [9–11], 4.0/). there is still little research on the response of transmission lines under downburst, and the Buildings 2022, 12, 891. https://doi.org/10.3390/buildings12070891 https://www.mdpi.com/journal/buildings Buildings 2022, 12, 891 2 of 19 research is mainly based on ﬁnite element simulation or test methods. To study the response characteristics of a transmission tower-line system under downburst, scholars have carried out a series of studies. The earliest research work was carried out by Savory et al. [12], who analyzed the response characteristics of a transmission tower under a tornado and downburst based on an empirical model. Shehata et al. [13] proposed a numerical model to analyze the structural performance of a guyed tower under downburst wind. On this basis, they further studied the wind ﬁeld parameters affecting the structural performance of the guyed tower [14,15]. They believed that the structural performance was signiﬁcantly affected by the jet diameter and the relative position relationship between the storm center and the tower. Damatty and Elawady [16] studied the response characteristics of various transmission towers under downburst and discussed the inﬂuence of structural parameters (tower type, height, conductor span, etc.) on the critical load condition of downburst wind. The above studies are based on quasi-static analysis. The wind load comes from the time-varying average wind in the stationary downburst wind ﬁeld, without considering the dynamic effects of storm movement and ﬂuctuating wind. Darwish [17] made a simple vector superposition between the storm moving speed and the wind ﬁeld of the stationary downburst in the study, ignoring the storm center movement, and concluded that the storm moving speed has no effect on the selection of critical load conditions, so this parameter cannot be considered in the analysis. However, this conclusion is based on the fact that the wind ﬁeld of a moving downburst conforms to the principle of vector superposition. With the in-depth study of the storm movement effect, the correctness of this conclusion needs to be further veriﬁed [18,19]. To evaluate the dynamic ampliﬁcation effect of turbulent wind on the transmission tower-line system, Darwish et al. [20] extracted the turbulence component from the ﬁeld measurement results given by Holmes et al. [21], and analyzed the dynamic response of the transmission line. The results show that the background component accounts for the main part of the total response. After considering the turbulent dynamic effect, the maximum axial force of the components in the guyed tower increases by 15–20%. Aboshosha and Damatty [22] reached a similar conclusion in their research on the dynamic response of a transmission line; that is, after considering the dynamic response, the transverse force and longitudinal force transmitted from the line to the tower increased by only 5% and 6%, respectively. However, their research is mainly aimed at the conductor, and the dynamic effect of ﬂuctuating wind in the tower-line coupling system is not considered. Wang et al. [23] studied the inﬂuence of downburst jet diameter on transmission towers with different heights, and compared the response characteristics of transmission towers under stationary and moving downbursts. It can be seen from the above that although some research has been conducted on the wind-induced response of transmission lines under downburst, the research objects are mostly single towers or conductors, and the tower-line coupling effect and the dynamic effect of ﬂuctuating wind in the coupling system are less considered. The wind load of the tower-line system is signiﬁcantly affected by the horizontal wind proﬁle of the downburst, but previous studies rarely involve the wind ﬁeld parameters closely related to it. Therefore, based on the empirical model, this paper simulates the moving downburst wind ﬁeld, studies the inﬂuence of tower-line coupling on the structural response in this wind ﬁeld, and discusses the dynamic ampliﬁcation effect caused by ﬂuctuating wind load. In addition, this paper will also study the sensitivity of tower-line structure to key wind ﬁeld parameters, and discuss the unfavorable value of wind ﬁeld parameters. 2. Modeling of Transmission Tower-Line System under Downburst Wind Loads 2.1. Modeling of Transmission Tower-Line System 2.1.1. Finite Element Model In this study, a 1000 kV UHV transmission tower-line system was selected as the research object, as shown in Figure 1. The transmission tower is a lattice steel pipe tower (a small number of secondary components are angle steel), with a tower height of 108 m and a tower foundation size of 20.2 m 20.2 m. The main material of the tower body is Q345, and Buildings 2022, 12, 891 3 of 19 the diaphragm, inclined material and cross arm are Q235. The elastic modulus is 206 GPa, Poisson’s ratio is 0.3, and the density is 7850 kg/m . The ﬂange and accessory mass were considered in the calculation, and the density is enlarged by 1.05 times. The horizontal span of the conductors and ground wire is 600 m, and its main physical parameters are given in Table 1. Figure 1. Transmission tower-line system: (a) tower-line system; (b) plane view of the tower; (c) 3-D isometric view of transmission tower model. Table 1. Main physical parameters of the conductors and ground wires. Parameter Conductor Ground Wire Model 8 split LGJ-630/45 JLB20A-240 Calculated sectional area (mm ) 666.55 236.60 Appearance diameter (mm) 33.60 20.00 Equivalent density (kg/m ) 3090.54 7383.77 Unit weight (kg/m) 2.06 1.75 Modulus of elasticity (MPa) 63,000 139,500 The ﬁnite element models of the single tower and tower-line system were established by using the general ﬁnite element software ANSYS. As shown in Figure 2, the tower-line system is modeled as one tower and two lines. The model includes a tower, insulators, conductors and ground wires on both sides. Among them, eight bundle conductors are combined and simpliﬁed into one “thickened” conductor according to the principle of equivalence of physical parameters, such as windward area and linear density. Fixed Buildings 2022, 12, 891 4 of 19 boundary conditions are used at the bottom of the transmission tower legs, and the ends of conductors and ground wires are constrained by ﬁxed hinge supports. The tower body components are simulated by the Beam188 element, and the conductor, ground wire and insulator are simulated by the Link10 element. Among them, the conductor and ground wire can only bear the tensile force, and the initial shape needs to be determined through shape-ﬁnding analysis. The shape-ﬁnding method can refer to the relevant literature [24], which will not be repeated here. Figure 2. Finite element model of single tower and tower-line system: (a) single tower; (b) tower- line system. 2.1.2. Model Dynamic Characteristics The dynamic characteristics of the ﬁnite element models of a single tower and tower- line system are analyzed by the block Lanczos method. The ﬁrst three vibration modes of a single tower are shown in Figure 3. For the tower-line system, the ﬁrst three modes dominated by transmission tower vibration are shown in Figure 4. It can be seen that in the single tower and tower-line system, the 1st-order mode of the transmission tower is the 1st-order bending vibration in the X direction, the 2nd-order mode is the 1st-order bending vibration in the Y direction, and the 3rd-order mode is the 1st-order torsional vibration. Figure 3. Vibration modes of a single tower: (a) ﬁrst mode, 0.9370 Hz; (b)second mode, 0.9582 Hz; (c) third mode, 1.3617 Hz. Buildings 2022, 12, 891 5 of 19 Figure 4. Vibration modes of a tower-line system: (a) ﬁrst mode, 0.8669 Hz; (b)second mode, 0.9271 Hz; (c) third mode, 1.3209 Hz. The calculation shows that the tower-line system has the characteristics of low natural frequency and dense vibration modes, and the ﬁrst 200 vibration modes are conductor and ground wire vibration. Compared with the single tower model, the lowest natural vibration frequency of the tower is reduced in the tower-line system. On the one hand, the conductor and insulator string are equivalent to the local additional mass, which changes the mass distribution of the structure; on the other hand, the wire imposes constraints on the tower, which will directly affect the stiffness of the tower. The dynamic characteristics of the structure are closely related to its stiffness and mass. Therefore, considering the coupling effect of the conductor and ground wire, the frequency and vibration mode of the transmission tower will be affected by the transmission line. Therefore, it is necessary to study the dynamic response of a single tower and tower-line system under downburst wind load, in order to clarify the inﬂuence of the tower-line coupling effect on the wind-induced vibration response of the transmission tower. 2.2. Downburst Wind Loads 2.2.1. Wind Field Model Different from the ABL wind, the wind speed at any point in the downburst wind ﬁeld is affected by many parameters, including the outﬂow diameter (D ), storm moving jet speed (V ), and the relative position relationship between the point and the storm center (r, q). Previous studies often ignored the inﬂuence of storm moving speed. However, the movement of the storm will lead to the extreme wind speed area with bow distribution in front of the storm, which is very unfavorable to the wind resistance of long-span structures. As shown in Figure 5, the initial touchdown center of the downdraft is used as the coordi- nate origin to establish the Cartesian coordinate system, and the initial touchdown time of the downdraft is used as the starting time of the development of the downburst. With the movement of the storm, the wind speed and direction at any position in the wind ﬁeld are constantly changing, which affects the wind load distribution on the structure. Therefore, for long-span structures, such as a transmission tower-line system, the movement effect of storms should not be ignored. (1) Mean wind For the moving downburst, the horizontal wind speed U (x, y, z, t) of P (x, y, z) at any position in the wind ﬁeld at time t can be decomposed into the sum of the average component and ﬂuctuating component, as shown in the following formula: u(x, y, z, t) = u(x, y, z, t) + u(x, y, z, t) (1) where u(x, y, z, t) is the time-varying average wind speed of the downburst; and u(x, y, z, t) is the non-stationary ﬂuctuating wind speed with zero mean value. Buildings 2022, 12, 891 6 of 19 The mean wind component of the downburst can be decomposed into the product of the time component and space component: u(x, y, z, t) = u (x, y) u (z) f (x, y, t) (2) VS where u (x, y) is the maximum average wind speed of position (x, y) in the whole devel- opment process of the wind ﬁeld; u (z) is the vertical distribution function of horizon- VS tal wind speed; and f (t) is a time function, which is used to describe the time-varying characteristics of horizontal wind speed at a speciﬁc location during the development of a downburst. Figure 5. Schematic of relative position relationship between a tower-line system and downburst. (Coordinates Pi = (xi, yi, zi) (m) of the points: P1 = (1200, 0, 31.5), P2 = (1200, 0, 108), P3 = (1200,74.6, 31.5), P4 = (1200, 525, 31.5)). For the value of u , the maximum value of short-time (3 s) average wind speed is usually taken. The existing measured records show that the maximum horizontal wind speed near the ground of the downburst can reach 67 m/s. The vertical distribution function of the horizontal wind speed of the downburst is described by the wood model [25]: h i 1/6 z z u (z) = 1.55( ) 1 er f (0.7 ) (3) VS d d where d corresponds to the height at which 0.5u occurs; and erf is the error function: 2 2 er f (x) = e dt (4) Holmes proposed that the overall wind speed, V (t), at any observation point in the wind ﬁeld can be obtained by vector addition of downburst radial wind speed, V (t), and the storm moving speed, V , as follows: * * * V (t) = V (t) + V (5) c r t Buildings 2022, 12, 891 7 of 19 where V (t) can be expressed as follows: V (r/r ) P r,max max (r < r ) n o max V (t) = (6) r 2 V exp [(r r )/R ] P (r r ) r,max max c max where V is the maximum value of radial outﬂow wind speed; r is the radius at r,max max which the maximum horizontal wind speed occurs; R is a radial length scale; and P is the intensity factor. The time function f (t) can be expressed as follows: jv (x, y, t)j f (x, y, t) = (7) maxjv (x, y, t)j (2) Fluctuating wind For the simulation of downburst ﬂuctuating wind, the hybrid simulation method proposed by Chen and letchford [26] is adopted. This method is based on the evolutionary spectrum theory, and the amplitude of stationary random wind speed is modulated by introducing the modulation function to obtain a non-stationary random ﬂuctuating wind ﬁeld. Therefore, the ﬂuctuating wind speed ue(x, y, z, t) can be treated as the product of a stationary Gaussian random process and the amplitude modulation function under a given power spectrum, as follows: ue(x, y, z, t) = a(x, y, z, t)k(x, y, z, t) (8) where a(x, y, z, t) is the amplitude modulation function: a(x, y, z, t) = I u(x, y, z, t) (9) where I is the turbulence intensity of the horizontal wind speed of a downburst. Based on the measured data, Chen and letchford [27] believe that the reasonable value range of I is 0.08 ~ 0.11, and I = 0.11 is taken in this paper. k(x, y, z, t) represents a stationary u u Gaussian random process with a mean value of 0 and variance of 1, which can be simulated by the harmonic synthesis method. The power spectral density function of k(x, y, z, t) can be expressed by the normalized Kaimal spectrum [28]: n S (z, n) 100 f = (10) 2 5/3 s 3 u n (1 + 50 f ) where n is the ﬂuctuating wind frequency; f = nz/u(z), u(z) is the maximum value of time-varying average wind speed at z height; and is the root mean square of ﬂuctuating wind speed. In the wind ﬁeld, the cross spectrum of ﬂuctuating wind speed at any two points, p , p , in space can be expressed as: i j S (p , p , n) = S (p , n) S (p , n) Coh(p , p , n) (11) c i j u i u j i j where Coh p , p , n is the coherence function, which is used to characterize the correlation i j of spatial ﬂuctuating wind speed. Here, the coherence function formula suggested by Simiu is adopted: 8 9 h i 1/2 2 2 > 2 2 > < = 2n C (z z ) + C (y y ) z i j y i j Coh(p , p , n) = exp (12) i j > > U(z ) + U(z ) : ; i j where C and C are attenuation coefﬁcients, and Simiu suggests C = 16, C = 10. y z y z Buildings 2022, 12, 891 8 of 19 When u = 67 m/s, V = 47 m/s, d = 300 m, r = 1000 m, R = 700 m, P = 1.0, m r,max max c V = 12 m/s and the initial touchdown center of downburst is 3000 m away from the tower center, the wind speed time history at typical locations is shown in Figure 6. Figure 6. Wind speed time history of simulation points: (a) P1; (b) P2; (c) P3; (d) P4. 2.2.2. Wind Loads and Analysis Procedure A previous study [16] has shown that for self-supporting transmission towers, as shown in Figure 7a, the wind-induced response of the tower is usually strongest when the downburst’s travel path is perpendicular to the transmission line and the tower is on the centerline of the storm’s movement. Therefore, based on the research purpose of this paper, only the load conditions shown in Figure 5 are studied here. Figure 7 shows the division of the wind load loading section of the transmission tower-line system. The transmission tower is divided into 11 tower sections from bottom to top. The wind speed simulation point is the center point of the top surface of the tower section. Each transmission line is equally divided into 10 sections according to the horizontal distance of 60 m. Therefore, for the tower-line system, a total of 83 wind speed simulation points are generated. According to relevant structural design codes, the wind load on each panel of the tower can be given by the following formula: F(x, y, z, y) = 0.5ru(x, y, z, t) m A (13) s i Buildings 2022, 12, 891 9 of 19 where r = 1.225 kg/m is the air density; m is the shape coefﬁcient, taking 2.5 for the tower and 1.1 for the conductor and ground wire; and A is the projected area of the windward side of load section i. Figure 7. Diagram of load area division and wind load simulation points: (a) tower; (b) tower- line system. For a tower-line system, geometric nonlinearity should be considered in the analysis. To obtain the transient dynamic response of the system under the action of downburst wind load, the time-domain analysis method is followed. In ANSYS, the Full method and the mode superposition method can be used for transient dynamic analysis. Among them, the Full method is the direct integration method, which has powerful solving function and can provide various nonlinear characteristics (such as plasticity, large deformation, large strain, etc.). Therefore, in this paper, the Full method is adopted, and the geometric large deformation and stress stiffening effect are considered in the calculation. Rayleigh damping is adopted; the damping ratio of the tower is 0.02, and the damping ratio of the conductor and ground wire structure is 0.005. In addition, for the conductors and ground wires, aerodynamic damping is also considered. 3. Numerical Analysis Results 3.1. Nonlinear Dynamic Response Analysis In this section, the single tower and tower-line system under downburst wind load are analyzed, respectively, and the inﬂuence of the tower-line coupling effect on the wind- induced vibration response of the transmission tower is studied. The wind ﬁeld parameters are given in Section 2.2.1. The following three cases are considered in the calculation: Case 1: multi-step static analysis of time-varying average wind load to calculate the time-varying average response (R) of the structure. Case 2: multi-step static analysis of total wind load to calculate the quasi-static re- sponse (Rs) of the structure under total wind load. Buildings 2022, 12, 891 10 of 19 Case 3: transient dynamic analysis of total wind load to calculate the dynamic response (R ) of the structure under total wind load. Figure 8 shows the time history of alongwind displacement response at the top of a single tower and tower-line system. In the ﬁgure, the ﬂuctuating response is obtained by subtracting R from R ; the ﬂuctuation background component is obtained by subtracting R from R ; and the ﬂuctuation resonance component is obtained by subtracting R from s s R . With the passage of time, the storm center ﬁrst gradually approaches the structure, and then gradually moves away. It can be seen from the ﬁgure that when t = 200 s, the displacement of the tower top is 0. At this time, the downdraft is just above the transmission tower, and the structure is basically not affected by horizontal wind load. After that, the storm came to the rear of the structure, and the displacement direction of the tower top was reversed. The time history response characteristics of a single tower and tower-line system are basically the same, but compared with a single tower, the time-varying average response and transient dynamic response amplitude of the tower-line system are greatly improved, which is caused by the existence of conductors and ground wires increasing the total wind load of the structure. In terms of ﬂuctuating response, the background component accounts for a larger proportion in the single tower and tower-line system, and the ﬂuctuation resonance component of the tower-line system is relatively smaller than that of the single tower. Figure 8. Time history of tower top displacement response: (a) single tower; (b) tower-line system. In order to further study the displacement wind-induced vibration characteristics of a single tower and tower-line system, the time-frequency analysis results of their ﬂuctuating response are given through wavelet transform, as shown in Figure 9. It can be seen from the ﬁgure that in the time domain, the distribution law of peak energy is consistent with the amplitude modulation function of ﬂuctuating wind speed. The energy peaks of a single tower and tower-line system appear around t = 166 s and t = 334 s, and the corresponding energy at the previous time is higher. In the frequency domain, for a single tower, the energy of ﬂuctuating response in the low frequency band is higher. This section of energy is mainly provided by the background response, the proportion of resonance response is small, and the resonance energy is mainly concentrated at about f = 0.94 Hz, which corresponds to the fundamental frequency of the single tower. For the tower-line system, the peak value of ﬂuctuating response is still mainly distributed in the low frequency band, and the energy is mainly provided by the background response, and the proportion of resonance response is also very small. However, unlike a single tower, the ﬂuctuating resonance component of the tower-line system is widely distributed in the frequency range of 0 ~ 1 Hz, and the resonance energy corresponding to the fundamental frequency of the tower is relatively Buildings 2022, 12, 891 11 of 19 small. This is mainly due to the dense line vibration modes of the tower-line system in the low frequency range. The aerodynamic damping of the transmission line increases the overall damping of the structure and dissipates more energy in the vibration process, which reduces the resonance response of the tower. Figure 9. Time frequency diagram of the ﬂuctuating displacement response of the tower top. Single tower: (a) ﬂuctuating response; (b) ﬂuctuation background component; (c) ﬂuctuation resonance component. Tower-line system: (d) ﬂuctuating response; (e) ﬂuctuation background component; (f) ﬂuctuation resonance component. Buildings 2022, 12, 891 12 of 19 Figure 10 shows the axial force response time history of the main member of the tower leg on the initial leeward side in the single tower and tower-line system. In the ﬁgure, the axial pressure is positive. Before the wind load is applied, the axial force of the tower leg is mainly generated by gravity. With the development and movement of the storm, the axial force of the tower leg gradually increases. After the storm center passes over the tower, the tower leg on the initial leeward side turns to the windward side, and the pressure of the tower leg gradually decreases. After the storm moves away from the tower, the wind load gradually decreases, and the axial force of the tower leg is gradually controlled by the gravity load. Figure 10. Time history of tower leg axial force response: (a) single tower; (b) tower-line system. Figure 11 shows the time history response results of base shear of the single tower and tower-line system. It can be seen from the ﬁgure that due to the additional transmission line load, the base shear peak of the tower-line system is increased compared with the single tower. It can be seen that the transient dynamic response is nearly equivalent to the quasi-static response, indicating that the background response is dominant. Figure 11. Time history of base shear response: (a) single tower; (b) tower-line system. Figure 12 shows the distribution of tower displacement and peak axial force of main members along the tower height. It can be seen that the distribution law of peak response of a single tower and tower-line system along the tower height is the same, but there are differences in amplitude. The difference in amplitude is mainly caused by the wind load of Buildings 2022, 12, 891 13 of 19 the conductors and ground wires. For a single tower and tower-line system, the quasi-static response and transient dynamic response under total wind load are very close, and the time-varying average response is consistent with the distribution law of total wind response along the tower height. For the displacement response, the proportion of time-varying average response in the transient dynamic response gradually decreases with the increase of height. At the top height of the tower, the R/R of a single tower is about 0.78, and that of the tower-line is about 0.89. For the axial force response of main materials, the proportion of time-varying average response in the transient dynamic response gradually decreases with the decrease of height. At the tower leg position, the proportion of the single tower is about 0.84, and that of the tower-line is about 0.89. Figure 12. Distribution of displacement and axial force along the tower height: (a) displacement; (b) axial force. It can be seen from the above wind ﬁeld simulation that the nonstationary ﬂuctuating wind speed of downburst is obtained by amplitude modulation based on the normalized time-varying average wind speed. Therefore, the maximum value of ﬂuctuating wind speed and the maximum value of time-varying average wind speed almost appear at the same time. From Figures 10 and 11, it can be seen that the time-varying average response of a single tower and tower-line system has high synchronization with the total wind response. The time-varying average response can well reﬂect the variation trend of structural displacement, internal force, and base reaction with time, but the dynamic ampliﬁcation effect caused by ﬂuctuating wind should be considered at the peak response. Table 2 shows the dynamic ampliﬁcation factor. In the table, b and b are the dynamic ampliﬁcation factors obtained based on quasi-static analysis and transient dynamic analysis, which is deﬁned by the following formula: s,max b = (14) max d,max b = (15) max where R is the maximum value of time-varying average response; R is the max- max s,max imum value of static response of total wind load; and R is the maximum value of d,max transient dynamic response of total wind load. It can be seen from Table 2 that the dynamic ampliﬁcation factors of tower top displacement and tower leg axial force are concentrated at about 1.1 ~ 1.3. The dynamic ampliﬁcation factor of the tower-line system is slightly less than that of a single tower, indicating that the tower-line coupling effect has a certain weakening effect on the dynamic response of the transmission tower. Buildings 2022, 12, 891 14 of 19 Table 2. Dynamic ampliﬁcation factor of a transmission tower under downburst. Tower Top Displacement (m) Tower Leg Axial Force (kN) Single Tower Tower-Line Single Tower Tower-Line R 0.301 0.583 1508 2502 max R 0.360 0.647 1762 2788 s ,max R 0.386 0.655 1796 2822 d ,max b 1.197 1.110 1.169 1.114 b 1.283 1.124 1.191 1.128 3.2. Parameter Sensitivity Study It can be seen from the above that under the action of downburst, the dynamic response of a tower-line system is mainly the background component, and the time-varying average result can well reﬂect the overall response characteristics of the structure. Therefore, the parameter sensitivity study in this section is based on multi-step static analysis under the time-varying average wind load. 3.2.1. Inﬂuence of d In the wood model, the height of the peak wind speed can be determined by the parameter d. The research shows that the height of the maximum horizontal wind speed in the downburst wind ﬁeld is related to the storm scale, which generally occurs in the range of 30–150 m above the ground [29,30]. In order to study the inﬂuence of the height of the peak wind speed on the wind vibration response of the tower-line system, we assumed u = 67 m/s, V = 47 m/s, r = 1000 m, R = 700 m, P = 1.0, V = 12 m/s, and m r,max max c t calculated the structural response when d was 80 m, 150 m, 300 m, 600 m, 800 m, and 1000 m, respectively. The vertical wind proﬁles corresponding to different d are shown in Figure 13. Figure 13. Variation of vertical wind proﬁle of downburst with d. It can be seen from Figure 14 that with the increase of d, the tower top displacement and tower leg axial force ﬁrst increase rapidly and then gradually decrease. The maximum displacement and axial force appear when d = 600 m, and the corresponding z is equivalent to the tower top height. Similarly, with the increase of d, the base shear force and bending moment also show the characteristics of ﬁrst increasing and then decreasing, and the maximum response appears when d = 300 m. Therefore, for the self-supporting tower Buildings 2022, 12, 891 15 of 19 studied in this paper, when the height of the peak wind speed is close to the height of the tower, the displacement and internal force response of the structure are more unfavorable. Figure 14. Wind-induced response of tower-line system changes with d: (a) tower top displacement and tower leg axial force; (b) base shear and bending moment. 3.2.2. Inﬂuence of V In order to study the inﬂuence of V on the wind-induced vibration response of the tower-line system, we assumed u = 67 m/s, V = 47 m/s, d = 300 m, r = 1000 m, m r,max max R = 700 m, P = 1.0, and calculated the structural response when V was 3 m/s, 6 m/s, c t 9 m/s, 12 m/s, and 15 m/s, respectively. According to the Holmes model, the transverse wind proﬁles corresponding to different V are shown in Figure 15. Figure 15. Variation of transverse wind proﬁles of downburst with V . It can be seen from Figure 15 that when the vector superposition method recommended by Holmes is used, V has little effect on the shape of the transverse wind proﬁle. Corre- spondingly, in Figure 16, the response values under different V are also similar. However, it is worth noting that previous studies have shown that the vector superposition method is not fully applicable in the simulation of moving downbursts. When the ratio of the moving speed to the jet speed is large, the shape of the transverse wind proﬁle will change Buildings 2022, 12, 891 16 of 19 signiﬁcantly. Therefore, the inﬂuence of moving speed on the wind vibration response of the tower-line system needs to be further clariﬁed on the basis of wind ﬁeld research. Figure 16. Wind-induced response of tower-line system changes with V : (a) tower top displacement and tower leg axial force; (b) base shear and bending moment. 3.2.3. Inﬂuence of R In order to study the inﬂuence of R on the wind-induced vibration response of the tower-line system, we assumed u = 67 m/s, V = 47 m/s, d = 300 m, r = 1000 m, m r,max max R = 700 m, P = 1.0, and calculated the structural response when R /r was 0.1, 0.2, c c max 0.3, 0.4, 0.5, and 0.7, respectively. According to the Holmes model, the transverse wind proﬁles corresponding to different R /r are shown in Figure 17. c max Figure 17. Variation of transverse wind proﬁles of downburst with R /r . c max The parameter R has an important inﬂuence on the transverse wind proﬁle shape of the horizontal wind speed, which in turn affects the wind load on the tower-line system. It can be seen from Figure 18 that with the increase of R /r , various responses increase c max rapidly at ﬁrst, and then they gradually slow down after R /r becomes greater than c max 0.4. The inﬂuence of R is often ignored in previous studies, but the results of this paper show that for large-span structures such as tower-line systems, the value of R /r has c max Buildings 2022, 12, 891 17 of 19 a signiﬁcant impact on the structural response. When the value of this parameter is too small, it will lead to a structural design being not safe enough. Figure 18. Wind-induced response of tower-line system changes with R /r (a) tower top displace- c max ment and tower leg axial force; (b) base shear and bending moment. 4. Conclusions Firstly, the ﬁnite element models of a single tower and tower-line system are estab- lished, and then the downburst wind load time history is generated. Using the time-domain dynamic analysis method, the wind-induced vibration responses of a single tower and tower-line system are studied, and their dynamic ampliﬁcation coefﬁcients under down- burst are given. The inﬂuence of the tower-line coupling effect on the dynamic response of tower is discussed. Finally, the sensitivity of the wind-induced response of the tower-line system to d, V , and R is studied. The main conclusions are as follows: t c (1) Under the action of downburst, the single tower and tower-line system are dominated by background response. Compared with the single tower, the background response of the tower increases greatly and the resonance response decreases slightly due to the existence of transmission lines in the tower-line system. The dynamic ampliﬁcation factor of a single tower and tower-line system can be conservatively taken as 1.3. For various responses, the dynamic ampliﬁcation factor of a tower-line system is slightly less than that of a single tower, indicating that the tower-line coupling effect has weakened the dynamic response of the transmission tower. (2) With the increase of d, the various responses of the tower-line system ﬁrst increase rapidly, and then decrease gradually. For the self-supporting tower studied in this paper, when the height of the peak wind speed is close to the height of tower, the displacement and internal force response of the structure are more unfavorable. (3) When the vector superposition method is used, the difference of the storm moving speed, V , has little effect on the wind-induced response of the tower-line system. However, previous studies have shown that the vector superposition method is not suitable for a moving downburst. With the deepening of wind ﬁeld research, the impact of V on the wind-induced response of tower-line system is worthy of re-evaluation. (4) With the increase of R /r , various responses increase rapidly at ﬁrst, and then c max they gradually slow down after R /r becomes greater than 0.4. For large-span c max structures such as tower-line systems, the value of R /r has a signiﬁcant impact c max on the structural response. When the value of this parameter is too small, it will lead to a structural design being not safe enough. Buildings 2022, 12, 891 18 of 19 Author Contributions: Conceptualization, Z.F. and H.H.; methodology, Z.F.; software, Z.F.; valida- tion, Z.F., Z.W. and H.H.; formal analysis, Z.F.; investigation, Z.F. and R.Z.; resources, Z.F.; data curation, Z.F.; writing—original draft preparation, Z.F.; writing—review and editing, Z.F. and H.H.; visualization, Z.F. and R.Z.; supervision, Z.W., R.Z. and H.H.; project administration, Z.F.; funding acquisition, Z.W. All authors have read and agreed to the published version of the manuscript. Funding: This research was funded by the National Natural Science Foundation of China (NSFC), grant number 52178455. The APC was funded by NSFC. Data Availability Statement: Not applicable. 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**Published: ** Jun 24, 2022

**Keywords: **downburst; transmission tower; wind-induced dynamic response; wind field parameters

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