Steel and Transmission of Electric Power...

Steel and Transmission of Electric Power  Transmission of electric power is a process by which the electric power produced at power plants is transported in bulk quantities over long distances for eventual use by consumers. The ultimate objective of electric power transmission is to provide power to customers economically, safely, reliably, efficiently, and with minimal environmental impact. Each of these aspects has one or more quantitative measure, such as price per kilowatt-hour, number and lethality of accidents, frequency and duration of service interruptions, generating plant heat rate, transmission and distribution losses, and emissions factors. Transmission systems are designed, and their individual components selected, with all of these objectives in mind, though they may be optimized differently in different systems. Power transmission process has got three main components (Fig 1). They are (i) substations, (ii) transmission poles and towers, and (iii) electricity conductors. Steel plays a major role in all these three components of transmitting power from the point of generation to the consumers. Fig 1 Components of power transmission process Steel use in substations Substations transform voltage from high to low, or the reverse, or perform any of several other important functions. Substation varies in size and configuration. Between the generating station and consuming point, electric power may flow through several substations at different voltage levels. A substation consists of (i) outdoor switch yard, (ii) a building which houses the control equipment, and (iii) the fencing. The outdoor switch yard has (i) structures at dead-end, (ii) static poles, and bus supports and equipment stands. It has also got the grounding arrangement. Structures at dead-end are those structures where the transmission line ends or angles off. They are typically constructed with heavier structural steels in case they are needed to carry heavier tension. The two most common dead-end...

Structural Steel – Preferred Material for Construction...

Structural Steel – Preferred Material for Construction Structural steel is not just a material which has only the technical competence. It has many other qualities that make it the preferred material for architects, designers and engineers. It is economical and provides great mechanical functionality; it permits the design of structures which are graceful, light and airy; it streamlines construction site processes; and it offers rapid execution. A major advantage, however, is the infinite freedom for creation which it provides to the architects, designers and engineers. The combination of structural steel with different materials lends themselves to rich and varied types of construction. When combined with glass, structural steel makes fabulous use of light and space. Structural steel is the material ‘par excellence’ when it comes to inventing new structures and forms. All solutions are possible, from the very simplest to the most challenging. Structural steel can be used for small buildings as well as large structures, for routine construction projects, and those subject to complex urban constraints. No other material is used to make structures which are so thin, light and airy. Forms can be created using different structural effects and envelopes with pure or finely sculpted curves. Architects, designers and engineers can give free reign to their imagination and creativity with structural steels. Structural steel is a standard construction material made from specific steel grades and is available in standard cross sectional shapes. This steel exhibits desirable physical properties such as strength, uniformity of properties, light weight and ease of use etc. This makes it one of the most versatile structural materials in use. Major applications for this steel is in high rise and tall multi-storey buildings, industrial buildings, towers, tunnels, bridges, road barriers, and industrial structures etc. Within the overall architectural concept,...