IMPORTANT USER INSTRUCTIONS ‘(Version: SuperTitan SS)
Welcome to TowerCalc‘(Version: SuperTitan
Trylon TSFís TowerCalc‘ is an online calculator that determines Pass or Failure for SuperTITAN ‘ self-support towers under specific loading conditions as inputted by the user.
TowerCalc will calculate whether a tower "SUCCEEDS" or "FAILS" By combining the variables of tower height, tower base section width, maximum wind velocity, antenna loading, transmission line loading and radial ice accumulation into a structural analysis. The program offers detailed instructions for each of these variables as one advances through the steps. Read all instructions carefully before inputting these variables. Click the "Read me" links for important additional information.
The program calculates structural integrity using different criteria depending on which DESIGN STANDARD is selected. It's important to note that Trylon TSF always recommends you provide an additional safety factor into your tower design if possible and that means choosing a beefier tower model. For example, if the calculator shows that a S100 model will succesed, we still recommand a stronger model like the S200, S300 etc. With very few exceptions, the higher the model number selected, the heavier the steel weight will be and therefore, the stronger the tower.
When using a tower for supporting wind generation equipment, please consult Trylon TSF directly. The TowerCalc software should NOT be utilized for this application. TowerCalc‘ is not designed for wind turbine analysis and will not take into account dynamic forces or fatigue, which are important factors unique to wind turbine applications.
The specific load conditions include:
a) Quantity of antennas, radios, panels, enclosures or other objects placed on the tower. Include every object placed there, not just antennas.
b) Projected surface area (or Flat plate equivalent area ) of each antenna/object to be installed on the tower. Stated in sq.ft. (or sq. meters for metric).Both the current antenna loading and the expected future antenna loading must be considered in the calculation in order to avoid tower failures at a later date when more equipment is added.
c) Offset Distance is the distance from the face (or corner) of the tower, to the antennaís center of mass. The greater this distance, the greater the force on the tower.
d) Quantity and diameter of transmission lines (cables) running up the tower.
e) The maximum wind speed existing at the site where the tower will be installed. This wind speed varies from one location to another, from town to town and possibly even from street to street. It is critical that users of TowerCalc obtain the correct maximum wind speed for the site by contacting their local weather office and/or building permit office. This wind velocity is often expressed as the maximum 3 second gust experienced over the past 30-40 year period.
f) Radial ice thickness, if applicable, that may occur on the tower.
TowerCalc will lead the user through the analysis step-by-step. At the end of analysis, the program returns a SUCCEED or FAIL response.
TowerCalc will help you select the most suitable SuperTITAN self-Support tower for your needs*. Please note that Trylon TSF does not accept responsibility for user assumptions. TowerCalc relies on each user to determine the particular variables that meet their personal and local requirements. Remember: Erroneous inputs will produce erroneous outputs. The user must be certain about antenna, wind, ice and other variables.
*All reasonable efforts have been made to ensure that accurate results are returned by the Trylon TSF TowerCalc calculator. Trylon TSF assumes no responsibility or liability whatsoever on behalf of the user. The user assumes the entire risk related to the use of the data produced by TowerCalc. In no event will Trylon TSF be liable for any damages, including without limitation: direct, indirect, special, incidental, exemplary or consequential damages of any kind, even if Trylon TSF has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Adherence to all applicable laws and regulations is the sole responsibility of the user. You may not copy, reproduce, distribute, display, modify, transmit or create derivative works from this calculator.