>The tower is heavy duty model, rated @ 30 sf / 50 mph (I know, I know,
>the wind blows harder than that!!!)
This raises an interesting question. If the lowest wind in the TIA
standards is 70 mph, why do tower manufacturers specify tower capacity in
terms of 50 mph wind?
Since wind pressure increases with the square of the velocity, and 50 mph
is roughly 1/sqrt(2) * 70 mph, this has the effect of presenting DOUBLE
the capacity at 70 mph. (Other things being equal -- which they rarely
are, since the tower face itself contributes considerable drag)
Also, for crank-up units, shouldn't there be different ratings for the
extended and nested positions?
Sign me, Confused.
Bill Coleman, AA4LR Mail: email@example.com
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