Elastic catenary cable element considering frictional slip effect

Jianguo Cai, James Lim, Jian Feng, Yixiang Xu, Kai Wang

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Conventional analysis methods of cable structures do not consider sliding of cables inside the joint, which may lead to inaccuracy of the theoretical behavior of the structure. In order to develop an effective method for cable sliding, a two-node cable element based on the analytical solution for an elastic catenary was studied. The cable sliding stiffness and the effect of friction were investigated. To validate the proposed numerical method, analyses of two examples given in the literature were conducted. The results demonstrated that the method given in this paper is accurate and effective, and can take into account cable sliding in cable structures. In addition, it was shown that the effect of cable sliding on the behavior of cable structures is significant. It was also shown that the friction at the support hampers the flow of the cable force, leading to unequal cable tensions on both sides of the support.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1489-1495
Number of pages7
JournalScience China Technological Sciences
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2012
Externally publishedYes


  • cable
  • cable sliding
  • elastic catenary
  • friction
  • nonlinear analysis

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • General Engineering


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