A numerical study on dynamic characteristics of a catenary

Woonkyung M. Kim, Jeung Tae Kim, Jung Soo Kim, Jae Won Lee

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Dynamic characteristics of a catenary that supplies electrical power to high-speed railway is investigated. The catenary is a slender structure composed of repeating spans. Each span is in turn composed of the contact and messenger wires connected by the hangers in regular intervals. A finite element based dynamic model is developed, and numerical simulations are performed to determine the dynamic characteristics of the catenary. The influence of the structural parameters on the response characteristics is investigated. The structural parameters considered include tension on the contact and messenger wires, stiffness of the hangers, and the hanger and span spacing. The hanger characteristics are found to be the dominant factors that influence the overall dynamic characteristics of the catenary.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)860-869
Number of pages10
JournalKSME International Journal
Issue number6
Publication statusPublished - 2003 Jun

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Funding Information:
The authorsa re gratefulf or the support provided by a grant from Korea Sciencea nd Engi-


  • Catenary
  • Contact Wire
  • Finite Element Model
  • Frequency Response Function
  • High-Speed Railway
  • Wave Propagation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Mechanical Engineering


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