An analytical investigation of the small, normal-mode motions of a homogeneous, inextensible, perfectly flexible cable suspended in a gravitational field was made. With cable arc length as the independent variable, the differential equations that govern the mode shapes have irrational coefficients. A transformation of the independent position variable yields equations that have polynominal coefficients, which then lend themselves to power series solutions. Natural frequencies of oscillation and corresponding mode shapes are determined from these solutions. Figures showing the natural frequency ratios for a variety of cable support geometries are presented for both in-plane and out-of-plane motion.

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