Log In

Come Join Us!

Are you an
Engineering professional?
Join Eng-Tips Forums!
  • Talk With Other Members
  • Be Notified Of Responses
    To Your Posts
  • Keyword Search
  • One-Click Access To Your
    Favorite Forums
  • Automated Signatures
    On Your Posts
  • Best Of All, It's Free!
  • Students Click Here

*Eng-Tips's functionality depends on members receiving e-mail. By joining you are opting in to receive e-mail.

Posting Guidelines

Promoting, selling, recruiting, coursework and thesis posting is forbidden.

Students Click Here

Related Articles


cable tension and end loading

cable tension and end loading

cable tension and end loading

I am building a four post cable railing, approximately 20'x20' square. typical design loading is 250 pounds horizontal at any point..
Using a starting cable tension of 50 pounds, how would i determine an accurate corner post loading if the 250 is exerted on the cable? I've set up a test apparatus, but the numbers are not close to those predicted doing the vector arithmetic..

RE: cable tension and end loading

Well what does your vector arithmetic show? The trouble with cable railings is that cable tension can get very high at low deflections. You will likely need several support posts in 20 feet to keep deflection to an acceptable level.

RE: cable tension and end loading

You also posted this question in an inappropriate forum. Structural engineering would be more suitable.

Red Flag This Post

Please let us know here why this post is inappropriate. Reasons such as off-topic, duplicates, flames, illegal, vulgar, or students posting their homework.

Red Flag Submitted

Thank you for helping keep Eng-Tips Forums free from inappropriate posts.
The Eng-Tips staff will check this out and take appropriate action.

Reply To This Thread

Posting in the Eng-Tips forums is a member-only feature.

Click Here to join Eng-Tips and talk with other members!


Close Box

Join Eng-Tips® Today!

Join your peers on the Internet's largest technical engineering professional community.
It's easy to join and it's free.

Here's Why Members Love Eng-Tips Forums:

Register now while it's still free!

Already a member? Close this window and log in.

Join Us             Close