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eng1234 (Mechanical) (OP)
17 Jan 07 14:02
Can anyone offer suggestions where to find a table of various steel cable diameters and their corresponding minimum bend radii?
SnTMan (Mechanical)
17 Jan 07 15:52
Machinery's Handbook offers some guidelines for minimum sheave diamters for long life. See "wire rope".


MadMango (Mechanical)
17 Jan 07 16:46
It depends on the construction of the cable.

See this URL too.

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eng1234 (Mechanical) (OP)
17 Jan 07 16:53
I'm sure of the strand specification yet, but it will be stainless steel material.
dugal (Nuclear)
17 Jan 07 23:41
A lot of hoisting and rigging handbooks will tell you the strength reductions of various cables on different radius pins or sheaves.  
ornerynorsk (Industrial)
18 Jan 07 8:28
The manufacturer is the best choice, especially if you're pushing the limit.  Machinery's just doesn't cover all of the variations in this day and age.  The age and condition of the cable makes a difference, as does oiled or dry, marine or land-based, dirty environment or clean, etc, etc.
BobM3 (Mechanical)
18 Jan 07 10:04
MacWhite's Catalog G-18 suggests a minimum diameter ratio (drum diameter/cable diameter) of 40 for 7x19 stainless cable.  Worst case, they say, should be at least 30.  We use a 12:1 ratio around here for 7 x 19 galvanized aircraft cable and the life is not good (measured in hours, not 100s of hours).  There are more flexible cables made that allow the use of smaller ratios.
kboy (Mechanical)
21 Jan 07 13:20
I work with smaller diameter steel rope typically from Ø2,5mm to Ø5,0mm as used in parking brake designs etc, and generally we apply 10 times outer diameter, this is with 7*19 cable construction and achieve 1 million cycles / actuations.
Cable routing is also key, i,e, too many bends will increase hysteresis and reduce efficiency.
I thought this website was quite good, at least demonstrates the cable construction:-

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