Wire Rope Lay Types Wear Characteristics

Wire Rope Lay Types axis

Figure 4A. A comparison of wear characteristics between regular lay and lang lay ropes. The lines a-b, on drawings and photographs, indicate the rope axis.

Wire Rope Lay Types Wear

Figure 4B. The worn crown of the regular lay wire has a shorter exposed length.

Two other factors relate to fatigue; they are discussed here along with abrasion and peening characteristics.

The fact that the wires of regular lay rope are subject to higher pressure, increases the rate of wire rope abrasion and peening of both wire and mating surface of the drum or sheave. Moreover, this higher pressure is transmitted to the interior rope structure and this, in turn, decreases fatigue resistance.

Finally, the worn crown of the regular lay wire combined with its shorter exposed length, permits the wire to spring away from the rope axis. Subsequent passage on and off a sheave or drum, results in fatigue breakage.

A note of caution: lang lay rope has two important limitations. First, if either end is not fixed, it will rotate severely when under load, and secondly, it is less able to withstand crushing action on a drum or sheave, than is regular lay rope. Hence, lang lay rope should not be operated without being secured against rotation at both ends; nor should it be operated over minimum-sized sheaves or drums under extreme loads. Additionally, poor drum winding conditions are not well tolerated by lang lay ropes.

Pre-forming is a wire rope manufacturing process wherein the strands and their wires are formed-during fabrication-to the helical shape that they will ultimately assume in the finished rope or strand.

The wire arrangement in the strands is an important determining factor in the rope’s functional characteristics, i.e., its ability to meet the operating conditions to which it will be subjected. There are many basic strand patterns around which standard wire ropes are built; a number of these are illustrated in Figure 5.

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wire rope abrasion

Figure 6. Combination Strand Patterns

Wire ropes are identified by a nomenclature that is referenced to: 1) the number of strands in the rope, 2) the number (nominal or exact) and arrangement of wires in each strand, and 3) a descriptive word or letter indicating the type of construction, i.e., the geometric arrangement of wires.

Cross-sections of four basic strand constructions are illustrated in Figure 5; Figure 6 shows several possible combinations of these constructions.