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Wind-Induced Vibration and the Effects on Steel and Aluminum Light Poles

Course Description:

Vibration is defined as “a periodic motion of the particles of an elastic body or medium in alternately opposite directions from the position of equilibrium when that equilibrium has been disturbed.”

Among the types of vibration that effect steel and aluminum light poles, wind-induced  vibration is particularly detrimental. Although light poles are designed to respond  dynamically to the phenomenon, under the right conditions, wind vibration can drive even  the most soundly designed structures to fail.

This One Hour AIA approve (HWS) CEU class explores how wind-induced vibration can affect the performance and strength of steel and aluminum light poles. Stress fractures, reduced performance of the pole that can include luminaire failure and increased swaying, and knock-downs are all examples of the damaging effects vibration may have on steel and aluminum light poles. The paper then goes on to discuss what Aeolian vibration is, how it can be identified, and ways the effects of this vibration can be mitigated — both proactively and retroactively.

Speaker Bio:

Mary E. Szydzik                            
National Partner Relations Manager General Structures, Inc. (a DWM Holdings Company)
Mary is a Sales and Partner Relationship Manager for General Structures, Inc. General Structures, Inc. is a premier manufacturer of steel and aluminum light poles to the commercial and industrial electrical construction industry.  General Structures also offers products for roadway, decorative poles and sports field lighting applications.  

Mary is a career Sales/Sales Management and Marketing professional with over 10 years experiences, serving distributors and manufacturer representatives.  Mary is also an award winner of numerous awards for retention of business and new business development throughout her career.  

Mary holds a Bachelor of Business Administration with a major in (CIS) Computer Information Systems from Walsh College, Troy, MI.
Mary is committed to her faith and enjoys spending time with her family.

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