A computational scheme for determining the dynamic stiffness coefficients of a linear, inclined, translating and viscously/hysteretically damped cable element is outlined. Also taken into account is the coupling between inplane transverse and longitudinal forms of cable vibration. The scheme is based on conversion of the governing set of quasistatic boundary value problems into a larger equivalent set of initial value problems, which are subsequently numerically integrated in a spatial domain using marching algorithms. Numerical results which bring out the nature of the dynamic stiffness coefficients are presented. A specific example of random vibration analysis of a long span cable subjected to earthquake support motions modeled as vector gaussian random processes is also discussed. The approach presented is versatile and capable of handling many complicating effects in cable dynamics in a unified manner.

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Keywords Dynamic stiffness, Earthquake loads, Extensible cables
Journal Archive of Applied Mechanics
Sarkar, A, & Manohar, C.S. (C. S.). (1996). Dynamic stiffness matrix of a general cable element. Archive of Applied Mechanics, 66(5), 315–325.