Wire Strand Constructions

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This Demonstration shows how layered wire strands with differing parameters can be constructed.

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Wire strands can be built up with concentric helical layers of wires of the same diameter. For example: 1+6+12+18+…. The longitudinal distance along the strand required for one complete helical wrap is known as the lay length. Each layer can be wound in one of two directions: left, also called ; or right, also called . Subsequent layers can have the same or opposite directions. Lay length and direction are important design parameters that affect both the strength and flexibility of the strands.

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Contributed by: Erik Mahieu (October 2011)
Open content licensed under CC BY-NC-SA


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[1] U.S. Customs and Border Protection. "What Every Member of the Trade Community Should Know About: Stranded Wire, Rope and Cable, of Iron or Steel." (Oct 19, 2011)

[2] Wikipedia. "Wire Rope." (Oct 19, 2011) en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wire_rope.



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