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Cable Kinking Analysis and Prevention

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A. L. Ross

Structural Mechanics, Structural Mechanics and Survivability Laboratory, Re-entry and Environmental Systems Division, General Electric Company, Philadelphia, Pa.

J. Eng. Ind 99(1), 112-115 (Feb 01, 1977) (4 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3439123 History: Received July 23, 1976; Online July 15, 2010

Abstract

Kinking of electromechanical cables in underwater applications is a continuing design problem. One mechanism for this is the formation of a loop due to the combined action of torsion and tensile loads which then tightens and forms a kink upon subsequent increase of tensile load. This mechanism is analyzed to determine the critical combinations of tension, torsion, mechanical properties, and cable slack required for kinking and to provide rules for the prevention of kinking. Other kinking mechanisms are also dicussed. The analyses are shown to compare well with published experimental data.

Copyright © 1977 by ASME
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