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Phillystran® HPTG-I Aramid Fiber Guying Systems

  • Commercial Broadcast Tower Antenna Guying Systems
  • Break Strength:  1,200 - 252,000 lbs (5.3 - 1,143 kN)
  • Diameter:  0.17 - 2.08 in (4 - 53 mm)
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Phillystran® HPTG-I Aramid Fiber Guying Systems

HIGH PERFORMANCE TOWER GUYS (HPTG-I)

Today's PHILLYSTRAN HPTG-I Guying Systems are the result of many years of experience with AM, FM, TV, and communications towers up to 1,200 feet high, operating at powers as high as 2 megawatts. HPTG-I is in use in every climate from the deserts of Saudi Arabia to the tundra regions of Greenland . Numerous government and military agencies operating sophisticated antennas around the world rely on PHILLYSTRAN's HPTG-I products. The excellent dielectric properties of Kevlar® aramid fiber, its strength-to-weight ratio (five times greater than steel), low stretch and low creep characteristics combine to form the only reliable non-metallic substitute for steel guys.

HPTG-I guying systems eliminate problems associated with EHS (2) and BS (2) steel guy cables such as:

  • Electro Magnetic Interference (EMI)
  • Radio Frequency Interference (RFI)
  • Signal Suppression
  • Array Directional Irregularities
  • Zapping and White-noise Arcing (associated with ceramic insulators)


Part
Number
EHS/BS
Equivalent(1)
Break
Strength
Diameter Weight Corona Socket
Part Number
SVD or AVS
Vibration Dampers
in mm lbs kN in mm lbs/1,000 ft kg/km
HPTG 1200I ---- ---- 1,200 53. 0.17 4.3 11 16.4 CS 1200 ----
HPTG 2100I 1/8 EHS 3.2 2,100 9.3 0.22 5.6 18 26.8 CS2100 SVD 0103
HPTG 4000I 3/16 4.8 4,000 18 0.30 7.6 33 49.1 CS 4000 SVD 0103
HPTG 6700I 1/4 6.4 6,700 30 0.37 9.4 50 74.4 CS 6700 SVD 0103
HPTG 11200I 5/16 7.9 11,200 50 0.44 11.2 70 104.1 CS 11200 SVD 0104
HPTG 15400I 3/8 9.5 15,400 69 0.51 13 95 141.3 CS 15400 SVD 0105
HPTG 20800I 7/16 11.1 20,800 93 0.57 14.5 115 171.1 CS 20800 SVD 0106
HPTG 27000I 1/2 12.7 27,000 122.5 0.65 16.5 150 223.2 CS 27000 SVD 0106
HPTG 35000I 9/16 14.3 35,000 158.8 0.69 17.5 170 252.9 CS 35000 SVD 0106
HPTG 42400I 5/8 15.9 42,400 192.3 0.84 21.3 230 342.2 CS 42400 AFS 5058104
HPTG 58300I 3/4 19.1 58,300 264.4 0.96 24.4 300 446.3 CS 58300 AFS 5058105
HPTG 85000I 7/8 22.2 85,000 385.6 1.14 29 420 624.9 CS 85000 AFS 50589317
HPTG 130000I 1 BS 25.4 130,000 589.7 1.56 39.6 740 1,101 CS 130000 AFS 50589319
HPTG 160000I 1-1/16 27.0 160,000 725.7 1.64 41.7 910 1,354 CS 160000 AFS 50589319
HPTG 200000I 1-1/4 31.8 200,000 907.2 1.87 14.5 1,050 1,562 CS 200000 AFS 50589291
HPTG 252000I 1-3/8 34.9 252,000 1,143.1 2.08 52.8 1,290 1,919 CS 252000 AFS 50589291


Table 1
(1) Extra High Strength (EHS) / Bridge Strand (BS) steel guys based on Rated Break Strength (RBS)

Kevlar® is a Registered Trademark of DuPont.

WHAT ARE CORONA SOCKETS AND WHEN ARE THEY REQUIRED?
Corona Sockets were developed for the HPTG-I products to protect them from RF burning. The Corona Sockets are aluminum, resin filled, potted end terminations and are always factory installed. PHILLYSTRAN, INC. recommends these potted end terminations for all commercial AM, FM and TV projects, as well as all roof-top installations. The Corona Sockets are the first level of protection for HPTG-I products, with additional levels of protection required for extremely high powered broadcasting stations. (Contact PHILLYSTRAN, INC. for stations operating above 10kw). See Table 2 for Corona Socket dimensions.

WHAT IS A "GUYING SYSTEM"?
PHILLYSTRAN'S
HPTG-I Kevlar fiber guy lines are one component of the HPTG-I Guying System. By offering a system, the user is assured that all details related to the HPTG-I guy line have been addressed. This is the unique factor which differentiates these products from other steel guy alternatives.

The HPTG-I Guying system includes:

  • HPTG-I Kevlar guy line in a wide range of sizes
  • Proof Tested Factory Installed Corona Sockets
  • Vibration Dampers
  • Guy Tension Procedure
  • Size Selection and Installation Guidelines
  • Recommendations for Higher Powered Installations (above 10kw)

  

HPTG1

CORONA SIZE A B C D E F G PIN DIA WEIGHT (LBS)
CS1200-4000 6.000 1.25 .406 1.875 .266 1.000 4.375 .438 0.5
CS6700-15400 10.000 2.375 .938 2.938 .469 1.688 7.125 .750 2.5
CS20800-35000 14.125 3.406 1.109 4.125 .750 2.500 10.000 1.125 7.5


 

HPTG2 

CORONA SIZE A B C D E F G PIN DIA WEIGHT (LBS)
CS424000 14.875 3.750 1.406 4.750 0.797 2.125 10.875 1.125 11.1
CS583000 17.625 4.625 1.719 4.875 1.000 2.500 13.000 1.375 18.0
CS70000-85000 20.000 5.313 1.938 5.125 1.250 2.875 14.625 1.500 25.0
CS105000-130000 25.000 7.500 2.750 7.875 1.531 4.375 16.688 2.500 68.0
CS160000-200000 27.000 7.938 2.750 9.250 2.000 4.438 18.781 2.500 85.0
CS232000-252000 31.500 9.063 2.750 9.875 2.250 4.438 23.250 2.500 115.0

Table 2 
Dimensions in Inches

HOW TO DETERMINE WHAT SIZE HPTG-I IS REQUIRED?
A certified structural engineer should be consulted to determine guy size.

Total Guying where the HPTG-I assembly is greater than 50% of the total guy length: Select the HPTG-I size equal to the EHS steel guy size (recommended by either a structural engineer or tower manufacturer) based on RBS (see Table 1). Examples: AM, AM Arrays, Communications, Amateur Broadcasting Towers, etc.

Partial Guying where the HPTG-I assembly is 50% or less than the total guy length: Select the HPTG-I size at least one size larger than the EHS size as determined by a structural engineer or tower manufacturer (see Table 4). Partial guys of HPTG-I should not be less than 10% of the tower height (at the HPTG-I assembly attaching point) in length and should extend equally in all directions at a given guy level. Example is a 3 sided 1,000 foot FM tower with 3 top level HPTG-I assemblies not less than 100 feet in length.

WHAT IS THE PURPOSE OF THE HPTG-I JACKET?
HPTG-I
is a non-metallic guy line used in areas where steel guys cannot be used. The Kevlar® fiber core must be protected from the harmful effects of ultraviolet (UV) radiation. This thick extruded jacket is a co-polymer polyurethane with excellent weathering and dielectric properties, blended with carbon black pigmentation for maximum UV resistance. The outer jacket sheds moisture thus assuring consistent dielectric properties regardless of the season or climate.

What is the Life Expectancy of HPTG-I?
HPTG-I
differs from other non-metallic guy lines or rods because of the thick protective outer polyurethane extruded jacket (see Table 3) which protects the HPTG-I for many years.

PHILLYSTRAN guy line systems have been in place since the early 1970's, with an expected life of 25 years or more; perhaps the life of the tower(s). Retirement Criteria is based on the condition of the jacket, especially near the base of the corona socket. It is recommended that HPTG-I guy systems be inspected at least annually, more frequently as the guy system ages.


HPTG-I POLYURETHANE JACKETING COMPOUND


ASTM Sample* Typical Values
SI Units USCS Units
Shore Hardness D 2240 2 42 D 42 D
Tensile Strength D 412 1 38.2 MPa 5550 psi
Tensile Stress @ 100% Elongation D 412 1 9.0 MPa 1300 psi
Tensile Stress @ 300% Elongation D 412 1 17.2 MPa 2500 psi
Ultimate Elongation D 412 1 525% 525%
Tensile Stress @ 200% Elongation D 412 1 25% 25%
Vicat Softening Point D 1525 2 110 deg. C 230 deg. F
Compression Set D 395      
22 Hrs. @ 23 deg. C   2 25% 25%
22 Hrs. @ 70 deg. C   2 60% 60%
Glass Transition Temp. DSC** 3 -44 deg. C -47deg. F
Tear Resistance D 624 Die C 2 74.4 kN/m 425 lb/in
Tear Resistance D 470 1 23.6 kN/m 135 lb/in
Specific Gravity D 782 2 1.13 1.13
Low Temperature Stiffness D 1053      
Modulus of Rigidity @ 23 deg.C   2 11.1 MPa 1609 psi
Modulus of Rigidity @ 0 deg.C   2 17.2 MPa 2500 psi
Modulus of Rigidity @ -20 deg.C   2 55 MPa 8000 psi
Modulus of Rigidity @ -40 deg.C   2 331 MPa 48000 psi

Table 3 
* (1) 25 mil, extruded (2) 75 mil, milled and pressed (3) granules 
** Different Scanning Calorimeter, 10 degree C/min. temperature program

 

PHILLYSTRAN® HIGH PERFORMANCE TOWER GUY (HPTG-I) ENGINEERING DESIGN DATA


Part
Number
Load Bearing Area
(Square Inches)
Nominal Tensile Modulus (Million PSI) 10th Cycle Ea.
(Pounds)
1st Cycle 10th Cycle
HPTG 4000I 0.0168 14 15 252,000
HPTG 6700I 0.0280 14 15 421,000
HPTG 11200I 0.0467 14 15 701,000
HPTG 15400I 0.0609 14 15 913,000
HPTG 20800I 0.0862 14 15 1,290,000
HPTG 27000I 0.112 14 15 1,670,000
HPTG 35000I 0.142 14 15 2,130,000
HPTG 42400I 0.188 10.5 12 2,250,000
HPTG 58300I 0.247 10.5 12 2,960,000
HPTG 85000I 0.366 10.5 12 4,390,000
HPTG 130000I 0.675 10.5 12 8,100,000
HPTG 200000I 1.03 10.5 12 12,400,000
HPTG 252000I 1.31 10.5 12 15,800,000

Numbers within the part number designate the rope's break strength.
Weights and Dimensions can vary. 
 

HPTG-I SIZE SELECTION TABLE WHEN USED AS A PARTIAL GUY1

EH/BS2 IN. RSS LBS. HPTG-I/OUTER DIAMETER IN.
1/4 EHS 6,550 HPTG 11200I / 0.44
5/16 11,200 HPTG 15400I / 0.51
3/8 15,400 HPTG 20800I / 0.57
7/16 20,800 HPTG 27000I / 0.65
1/2 26,900 HPTG 35000I / 0.69
9/16 35,000 HPTG 42400I / 0.84
5/8 42,400 HPTG 58300I / 0.96
3/4 58,300 HPTG 85000I / 1.14
7/8 BS 87,400 HPTG 130000I / 1.56
1 115,800 HPTG 160000I / 1.72
1-1/16 131,000 HPTG 160000I
1-1/8 148,200 HPTG 200000I / 1.87
1-3/16 163,400 HPTG 200000I
1-1/4 184,400 HPTG 252000I / 2.08
1-5/16 204,000 HPTG 252000I

 

Table 4 

(1) Partial guy is 50% or less of total guy length.
(2) EHS or Extra High Strength steel guy strand.
BS or Bridge Strand steel guy strand.
For larger sizes, contact Phillystran, Inc.

When are Vibration Dampers required?

Guy lines, whether steel or non-metallic, may exhibit aeolian (high frequency) or galloping (low frequency) vibration. HPTG-I is effectively dampened using Preform Line Products' Spiral Vibration Dampers (SVD) or Air Flow Spoilers (AFS, see Table 1). The SVDs are installed in pairs with one pair installed within 6 inches of each end of the HPTG-I assembly. The AFSs are much longer and are installed along the length of the HPTG-I assembly, using four AFSs per assembly. Vibration dampers are recommended for any HPTG-I assemblies greater than 100 feet in length, and greater than 50% of the total guy length. Additional installation instructions are available from Phillystran, Inc.

What is the function of the steel tail?

A steel tail is a length of EHS steel guy line connecting the HPTG-I assembly to the turnbuckle or guy anchor.

The steel tail (required for towers totally guyed with HPTG-I) protects the HPTG-I assemblies from damage due to brush fires, lawn maintenance equipment or vandals. The steel tail length should be sufficient to get the bottom end of the HPTG-I assembly above arm reach, or above brush topes (if located in a marsh or tall brush area). The HPTG-I should never pass through tree limbs or be allowed to rub against poles or tree trunks. The steel tail allows for easier guy length calculations and serves as a guy tension monitoring point, as well as a safer area to attach guy grips during guy line installation and tensioning.

Where can HPTG-I guy systems be purchased and what information is required at time of purchase?

Corporations and government agencies can purchase HPTG-I guy systems directly from the factory located in Montgomeryville, PA. The following information will assist the PHILLYSTRAN representative in determining proper fit and function of the HPTG-I guying system:
 

  • Tower Height and location
  • System type, operating power and frequency
  • Size of EHS/BS being replaced by or connecting to the HPTG-I assemblies
  • Length per assembly
  • Is material for shipment outside of the United States

 

Grounding of Tower and Anchors

Proper grounding of the tower, as well as at each of the anchor points, may be the most important preventative maintenance item for a successful, long lasting HPTG-I Guying System. Grounding will decrease the chances of damage to the HPTG-I caused by RF flashover or lightning. Improper grounding can expose the guy system to damage at both the tower attaching point, as well as at the bottom end connection (where the HPTG-I attaches to the steel tail). Most Electrical and Broadcasting Consultants can advise on proper grounding techniques.

TENSIONING PROCEDURE FOR HPTG-I

The following procedure is suggested for tensioning HPTG-I guy assemblies to tensions as determined by a certified structural engineer or tower manufacturer. It is important that the plumb of the tower be maintained throughout this procedure. Example: Tension HPTG-I assemblies to approximately 15% of its RBS. Guy tension will automatically relax to approximately 10% RBS as indicated by Table 5.

 

General Stress/Relaxation Phillystran High Performance Tower Guys 

HPTG3

 Table 5

CAUTION: Break Strength: The breaking strength of a rope is the load at which a new rope will break when tested under laboratory conditions. Break strength should not be mistaken for safe working load. Safe Working Load: Because of the wide range of rope use, rope condition and the degree of risk of life or property, it is not possible to make a blanket recommendation for safe working load. It is ultimately dependent on the rope user to determine what percentage of break strength is their own safe working load. Wear: Ropes wear out with use; the more severe the usage, the greater the wear. It is often not possible to detect wear on a rope by visible signs alone. Therefore, it is recommended that the rope user determine a retirement criteria for ropes in their application. For assistance in developing safe working load and retirement criteria for each application please call or write Phillystran. 

All printed statements, data and recommendations are based on reliable information and tests, and are presented without any guarantee or warranty. Statements regarding the use of Phillystran's products and processes are not to be construed as recommendations for use in violation of any applicable laws, regulations or patent rights. © All rights reserved.



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