COMMUNICATION POLES & MASTS – BUSTING THE MYTHS ABOUT STEEL
A friend at an Australian telecommunications company recently told me that they couldn’t use steel poles because they weren’t stiff enough and so bend too much in the wind when compared to concrete. I couldn’t believe the MYTH that I was hearing, especially as some of the biggest telecommunication poles and towers around the world are made of steel. There are many compelling reasons that steel communication poles are chosen so often ahead of concrete poles:
FACT 1 – Steel is stronger than concrete; the steel Gateway Energy use in our poles is 450MPa, around 10 times stronger than concrete.
FACT 2 – Concrete poles rely on steel reinforcing as the basis of their strength, otherwise they would crack and fail. Concrete is good in compression, quite useless in tension.
FACT 3 – Gateway Energy can design our poles using the latest in software and non-linear analysis to accurately model deflections at certain points on the pole ensuring that we meet deflection requirements. We can easily design a pole for maximum antenna deflection angles.
I think we can safely say – MYTH BUSTED! But if wasn’t quite enough to convince you to ensure that steel is strongly considered in your communication pole solutions, then this may.
- Not only can Gateway Energy design a pole with a purpose, we can also design and fabricate with all the attachments you will ever need including mounting brackets, ladders, platforms, cable tray brackets, etc. No high-cost extras that are required on a concrete pole.
- Steel communication poles and masts are generally cheaper to purchase, much cheaper than concrete for taller poles over 30m, and much cheaper to install.
- Steel poles are much lighter and this can mean huge savings in transport to site, ground works for heavy lifts, and crane costs to erect. It just doesn’t make sense not to compare.
Gateway Energy can design and supply hold down bolt cages for larger base plate mounted steel communication poles and masts.
Who is Gateway Energy? Gateway Energy is a leading designer, manufacturer and supplier of steel power transmission and distribution poles in Australia and the South Pacific region. We specialise in steel power poles and powerline package solutions covering all major components and are supported by one of the world’s largest companies, State Grid. We’ve been around for a long time and combine proven experience that you can rely on, innovative local Australian design with high quality. Our valued customers come back again and again because of our superior service and ability to reduce overall project costs. We have successfully supplied poles of all types, sizes and strengths to some of Australia’s largest transmission pole projects, regularly achieving significant savings for our customers. Make your project a success by becoming one of Gateway Energy’s valued customers. Contact us on firstname.lastname@example.org What Products and Services do Gateway Energy provide? Design, manufacture and supply of: Steel Power Transmission Poles, Steel Power Distribution Poles, Base Plate Poles, In-Ground Poles, Power Poles, Conductor, Powerline Materials Packages, Lattice Towers, Communication Poles, Communication Masts Which locations do Gateway Energy operate? Gateway Energy operates in all states of Australia; Queensland (QLD) including Brisbane, Gold Coast, Townsville to Mt Isa, New South Wales (NSW) including Sydney, Newcastle and Wollongong, Victoria (VIC) including Melbourne, Tasmania (TAS) including Hobart and Launceston and Western Australia (WA) including Perth, Karratha and Port Hedland. We also operate in Northern Territory (NT) including Darwin and Canberra (ACT). Gateway Energy also operates internationally; having an office in Papua New Guinea (PNG), Port Moresby and Lae. New Zealand including Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch and other Pacific Islands power transmission line requirements such as Fiji, Samoa, Tonga and Solomon Islands.