Development of Fatigue Loading and Design Methodology for High-Mast Lighting Poles

Recent failures of high-mast lighting poles in several states have raised questions as to the robustness and safety of the existing inventory of these structures. Fatigue failures have occurred at the base plate-to-column weld, handhole detail, and anchor rods. Several of the failed poles had been in service for less than 5 years. Based on field observations and forensic analysis of high-mast lighting poles, it is believed that wind-induced vibrations have a significant influence on the fatigue life. Neither the magnitude of the loads or the frequency of the application is understood. The current American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials (AASHTO) specification does not adequately address these topics. Research is needed to define the fatigue loading for the safe design of high-mast lighting poles. A design methodology and specification with the associated commentary also is needed. The objectives of this research are to develop (1) loading and analysis criteria for use in the fatigue design of high-mast lighting poles and (2) a design method and specifications for high-mast lighting poles.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 10-74

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  USA  20590

    American Association of State Highway & Transportation Officials

    444 North Capitol Street, NW, Suite 225
    Washington, DC    20001

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  USA  20001
  • Project Managers:

    Dekelbab, Waseem

  • Performing Organizations:

    Purdue University, West Lafayette

    School of Civil Engineering
    West Lafayette, IN  USA  47907-1284
  • Principal Investigators:

    Connor, Robert

  • Start Date: 20080502
  • Actual Completion Date: 20111130
  • Source Data: RiP Project 16898

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01464581
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: National Cooperative Highway Research Program
  • Contract Numbers: Project 10-74
  • Files: TRB, RiP, USDOT
  • Created Date: Jan 3 2013 2:45PM