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Havard Engineering Inc.


David G. Havard, Ph.D., P.Eng.
Jana Havard, M.A.Sc., P.Eng.

E-mail: dhavard@rogers.com

Services Offered

Based on over 40 years experience with electrical power utilities across the globe, Havard Engineering Inc. provides mechanical and civil engineering services to users of overhead electric power lines.

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Single Conductor Vibration

These services include diagnosis and control of problems due to aeolian vibration of single conductors which may become apparent through fatigue or wear of conductors, suspension clamps, Stockbridge vibration dampers and even tower members. A live line vibration recorder in use on an operating line to monitor conductor motions at an AGS clamp is shown on the right.

Bundle Conductor Vibration and Oscillation

Bundle conductors are susceptible to both aeolian vibration and wake induced oscillation. When two, three, four or more subconductors are used vortex wakes from the leading subconductors impact downstream subconductors and cause complex oscillation modes involving all subconductors in the bundle. A typical spacer-damper used to control both of these wind-induced vibratory motions is shown on the left.

Conductor Galloping

Galloping of conductors due to icing and wind action can be significantly reduced by the addition of detuning pendulums designed specifically for the line section by Havard Engineering Inc., and manufactured by associated companies. Interphase spacers and detuning pendulums installed on a two-conductor bundle line for galloping control are shown on the right.

Structural Testing

The application may require monitoring the vibration on the conductors or towers and/or mechanical testing of worn or aged components. A tensile test of a strand of an aged ACSR conductor is shown on the left.

Analysis of Special Problems

Analytical methods are used to evaluate alternative designs for special needs and arrangements. Computer programs have been written and applied to simulate critical features of transmission line behaviour, such as determining the limits of stability of hinged horizontal vee insulated arm designs under high winds.

An analytically determined plot of the clearance ellipses for galloping on a span of a two circuit transmission line is shown on the immediate right using the traditional method. The clearance envelopes calculated using the new criterion based on analysis of films of galloping motions is shown on the far right.

Workshops and Courses

Open courses on overhead line vibration and assessment of aged lines have been given in numerous locations in Asia, Europe, and North and South America. However, we no longer offer open courses. In-house courses can be arranged as described below.

In-House Courses

In-house courses have been tailored to specific utility needs and presented to technical staff at their workplace.

The topics covered include:

  • Assessment, of conductors, line components, hardware and structures
  • Upgrading and refurbishment of lines, foundations and structures
  • Conductor vibration, wake induced oscillation and galloping - measurement and control
  • Mechanical aspects of all types of fibre optic cables
  • Impact of the 1998 Canadian ice storm on overhead lines
  • Damage to structures due to wind induced vibration

  • Technical Contributions

  • Active Member and Past Convenor: CIGRE SC22 WG11 "Mechanical Aspects of Overhead Conductors".
  • Senior Life Member of IEEE, Towers, Poles and Conductors Subcommittee.
  • Active Member of IEEE Working Group on Conductors
  • Past Adjunct Professor, Mechanical Engineering Dep't, University of Toronto.
  • Technical Coordinator of CEA Interest Group on Transmission Line Asset Management (1999-2000)
  • Author of over 200 papers and presentations on mechanical problems on overhead power lines.
  • Technical Papers and Presentations

    Just follow this link for a selection of technical papers presented

    To contact us please send an e-mail to: dhavard@rogers.com