At 02:27 PM 8/1/2006, Peter Voelpel wrote:
>My 100 foot mobile Versatower crankup MUST be guyed.
>I guess the additional downward force has been calculated for the size of
>wires and pulleys
The opening photo shows guys (slack on the upper sections before extension)..
One assumes that they've designed it appropriately.
Some years back, I was starting on designing an extremely lightweight
telescoping tower that was guyed at any extension, but the "automatically
adjusting" guys got very complex. It can be done, though. The challenge is
because the angle of the guy changes as it extends, so you can't just use
some sort of ratioed feed (where you feed out 1.4 ft of guy for every foot
of extension, as you could do if it were fixed at 45 degrees).
We eventually went with a totally different strategy (renting a 200 ft
Depending on the loads, one could use cleverly designed winches to both
store the guys (in the retracted position) and anchor them (in extended
positions). What is an sailing ship but a bunch of guyed towers and spars
that are all adjustable, under tension.. So the basic technology was worked
out centuries ago.
>[mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of Tom Osborne
>Maybe I'm mistaken, but I thought guying a crankup tower was a no-no. Too
>much downward forces. Did I seee that somewhere? 73
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