Cable systems: untangling the tension behind cable structures

This diagram traces the fundamentals of cable structures.

Cable systems: untangling the tension behind cable structures

A cable structure is a type of structure that utilizes tensioned cables to support or transmit the major loads of the structure.

 

In conventional structures, concrete columns are usually used to support the self-weight of the structure as well as the downward loads but there are cases where this system is undesirable.