Assessment of remaining fatigue performance of high mast illumination poles
Failures of high mast illumination poles (HMIP) around the US have raised the concerns of officials because of their location close to areas with important human activity. Previous research, conducted at the University of Texas proved that those failures were fatigue type failures and that cracking initiated at the shaft to baseplate connection, specifically at the bends of the shaft. However, no research has been conducted on the remaining fatigue life of poles after they have been in service. This thesis investigates the remaining fatigue life of a pole, removed from service after severe cracking has been observed on it, via laboratory testing. Moreover, nondestructive and destructive testing procedures were implemented to investigate the initiation and evolution of fatigue cracks. The results validated the procedures for the in-situ validation of the remaining fatigue life of those poles. Last, the destructive test results enhanced the arguments that initial cracking at the toe of the weld at the shaft to baseplate connection is a result of the galvanizing process.