Advances in the fatigue assessment of wire ropes

G. Paton, N.F. Casey, J. Fairbairn, W.M. Banks

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This paper presents the findings from an in-depth analysis of the (axial) stiffness data recorded during tension-tension fatigue tests on wire ropes, particularly in relation to how changes in stiffness during testing relate to changes in rope strength. A linear relationship between stiffness and strength is shown to exist and a methodology presented for quantifying residual strength with applied cycles. New lower bound fatigue lines for six-strand rope and spiral strand are presented which are based on a 10% loss of strength. These new lines have the advantage of having been established using a common discard criterion for wire ropes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)491-518
Number of pages27
JournalOcean Engineering
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2001


  • tension-fatigue
  • axial stiffness
  • wire rope
  • residual strength
  • mechanical engineering


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