In this study, a finite element, fully three-dimensional solid modeling method was used to study the mechanical response of a steel-cored aluminum strand (ACSR) with a mid-phase jumper under wind load. A whole model (simplifying an ACSR into a solid cylinder) and a local model (modeling according to the actual structure of an ACSR) of the mid-phase jumper were established. First, the movement of the mid-phase jumper of the tension tower under wind load was studied based on the whole finite element model, and the equivalent Young’s modulus of the whole model was adjusted based on the local model. The results of the whole model were then imported into the local model and the stress distribution of each strand of the ACSR was analyzed in detail to provide guidance for the treatment measures. Therefore, the whole model and the local model complemented each other, which could reduce the number of model operations and ensure the accuracy of the results. Through the follow-up test to verify the results of the finite element simulation and the comparison of the simulation and fatigue test results, the causes of the broken strand of the ACSR were discussed. Although this modeling method was applied to the stress and deformation analysis of a mid-phase jumper in this study, it can be used to study the bending deformation of rope structures with a complex geometry and the main bending deformation. In addition, the effect of the friction coefficient on the bending of the mid-phase jumper was studied.
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