Modelling the cabling of rope systems
Bradon, J. E., Chaplin, C. R. and Ermolaeva, N. S. (2007) Modelling the cabling of rope systems. Engineering Failure Analysis, 14 (5). pp. 920-934. ISSN 1350-6307
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To link to this article DOI: 10.1016/j.engfailanal.2006.11.032
This paper presents a theoretical model of the torsional characteristics of parallel multi-part rope systems. In such systems, the ropes may cable, or wrap around each other, depending on the combination of applied torque, rope tension, length and spacing between the rope parts. Cabling constitutes a failure that might be retrievable but as such can seriously affect the performance of the rope system. The torsional characteristics of the system are very different before and after cabling, and theoretical models are given for both situations. Laboratory tests were performed on both two and four rope systems, with measurements being made of torque at rotations from 0 to 360 deg. Tests were run with different rope spacings, tensions and lengths and the results compared with predictions from the theoretical model. The conclusion from the test results was that the theoretical model predicts both the pre- and post-cabling torsional behaviour with an acceptable level of accuracy.