Posted by Steve Demereckis (220.127.116.11) on January 15, 2003 at 15:53:18:
I am researching the load bearing characteristics of cordage and would appreciate help from engineers. The data I need is the load bearing characteristics of each “strand” in cordage. As you add equal size strands to a cord, up to three strands, does the load bearing capacity increase at an equal rate? Example: If each strand has a capacity of 100 lbs., would a three-strand cord have a load capacity of 300 lbs? Does spiraling or braiding the strands increase load capacity and if so by how much. Thank you.
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