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Influence of geometric imperfections of mast shaft in form of initial mast span curvatures both on internal forces status in the structure elements as well as on those elements effort, which is particularly important at the design stage, was analysed based on an example of certain specific mast. The calculations were performed taking into account L/1000 imperfections equal to the permissible assembly deviations as per [1], and L/500 equal to initial imperfections as for uniform built-up columns according to [2]. Remarks and final conclusions have practical meaning and can be useful in design practice.


The paper covers an analysis of guyed masts as per the second order theory. The influence of various types of mast shaft imperfections was analysed based on the example of a certain 200 m-high lattice guyed mast structure with 3 guy levels. The computations were performed taking into account the mast shaft with sway imperfections, imperfections associated with an offset of structure nodes and bow imperfections. As there are no guidelines concerning imperfections in the current European Standard EN 1993-3-1, the permissible assembly deviation values were taken as the reference point. Based on the obtained results of the analysis some final conclusions and comments have been formulated that may be useful in the design of mast structures.