What are these coils?

What are these coils

This was asked by doetoe in this physics.stackexchange Question

Where I saw them (maybe six or eight pairs) they came in pairs, always on the same two lines, and they were at approximately regular intervals.

It is from Spain, Barcelona area

  • \$\begingroup\$ I have always presumed that things like this were to stop oscillation in the wind, but I will be interested to know what they are really for. \$\endgroup\$ – HandyHowie Oct 8 '15 at 7:12
  • \$\begingroup\$ I have never seen this particular kind, but I would bet they are dampers, have a google image search for "power line dampers" and you will see a lot of different constructions, some of which are similar, and some of which are nothing like it. \$\endgroup\$ – PlasmaHH Oct 8 '15 at 8:06

Its a bird diverter, for make them see the power line and avoid them.

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  • \$\begingroup\$ Thanks. It looks more like Bird Flight Diverter than spiral vibration damper. \$\endgroup\$ – Keith McClary Oct 8 '15 at 14:26
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    \$\begingroup\$ To clarify - I asked my senior electrical engineer about how these work. Apparently, birds think that the coiled-up shape is a snake, which might eat them - i.e. it works like a scarecrow. Apparently it doesn't work on birds that normally eat snakes, such as kookaburras and eagles, which will sit on top of the thing and try to eat it. \$\endgroup\$ – Li-aung Yip Oct 9 '15 at 4:13

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