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A three-stage criterion method for extracting local vibration modes of tensioned cables in beam string structures

Zhang, Tao; Zhang, Yuxin; Zhang, Hexin


Tao Zhang

Yuxin Zhang


As light and efficient large-span space structures, beam string structures have been widely used since the 1980s. Within them, cables are the main force-bearing component; their level of tension determines the overall stiffness, performance and structural safety of the beam string structures. Real-time monitoring of the cable force during the construction and service periods is an important and effective measure to ensure the safety of the cable structure. At present, the vibration method is widely used in nearly all common engineering practices for cable force identification/monitoring because of its simplicity and efficiency. However, the vibration of the cable segment will be affected by the whole structure, so the cable force-frequency relationship based on the simple single cable model cannot meet the accuracy requirement of cable force identification of the beam string structure. Therefore, in this paper, through finite element simulation and theoretical analysis, a three-stage criterion is proposed to develop a new method for obtaining the local modal information of the tensioned cable segment where the influence of the overall structure is considered. The new method’s performance was compared with the results obtained by the vibration method according to the single-cable model assumption, and the design values of the cable forces. The magnitude of the error in the identification of the tension force of the beam string structure according to the single-cable model was studied to provide a correction method, so that the single-cable model assumption can be used to improve the measuring efficiency and ensure the solution accuracy. The numerical results show the effectiveness of the proposed method. The work of this paper provides a new approach for improving the identification accuracy of the vibration method of a complex cable system such as the beam string structure and is a useful discussion on the vibration method of complex cable systems.


Zhang, T., Zhang, Y., & Zhang, H. (2022). A three-stage criterion method for extracting local vibration modes of tensioned cables in beam string structures. Frontiers in Materials, 9, Article 1055635.

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Oct 11, 2022
Online Publication Date Oct 21, 2022
Publication Date 2022
Deposit Date Oct 14, 2022
Publicly Available Date Oct 21, 2022
Publisher Frontiers Media
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 9
Article Number 1055635
Keywords beam string structure, vibration method, cable tension identification, local modes, spatial structure
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