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Torque arms necessary?

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Subject: Torque arms necessary?
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Date: Sun, 9 Jun 1996 22:50:47 -0400
In a message dated 96-06-09 21:35:06 EDT, you write:

>What's the conventional wisdom on using torque arms? Are they
>really necessary? I'm building 125 ft. Rohn 45 tower guyed in three
>places with 18 sq. ft. of antenna/mast wind load. (Not sure
>of the torque due to the antennas).
Hi, Kris --

     A non-engineering answer is definitely!  Handling torsion forces is a
significant challenge for any tower. 

     1.  Do what the manufacturer says; Rohn says use the guy assemblies.  

     2.  Using Rohn's guy assemblies (torque arms)  allows a secure
attachment for the guys (as opposed, for example, having them looped around
the legs where you have the forces being held by the diagonal welds).
 Imagine a force big enough to pull the leg out, bending it and possibly
breaking a weld or two.  This would not happen with a guy assembly.  

     3.  The guy assemblies allow the forces to be spread across the faces of
the tower instead of just a leg. (See 'big force' above.) 

     4.  The current guy assembly allows Rohn towers to comply with the
TIA-222-E structural tower standards.  Lack of  guy assembly makes them
non-compliant and probably has an impact on their rated wind load figures as

73,  Steve    K7LXC 

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