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Minimun cable bend radii

Minimun cable bend radii

Minimun cable bend radii

Can anyone offer suggestions where to find a table of various steel cable diameters and their corresponding minimum bend radii?

RE: Minimun cable bend radii

Machinery's Handbook offers some guidelines for minimum sheave diamters for long life. See "wire rope".



RE: Minimun cable bend radii

It depends on the construction of the cable.

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RE: Minimun cable bend radii

I'm sure of the strand specification yet, but it will be stainless steel material.

RE: Minimun cable bend radii

A lot of hoisting and rigging handbooks will tell you the strength reductions of various cables on different radius pins or sheaves.  

RE: Minimun cable bend radii

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.

RE: Minimun cable bend radii

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.

RE: Minimun cable bend radii

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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