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Here's some info from this web site:

Note that the strength is 9800 lbs - this is usually breaking strength. I don't know what you are using this for, but some codes require a factor safety of 5 of the Fu. (whoops - just found a NAVFAC document that allows a FS of 2 for unoccupied areas)

I actually started looking at sailboat rigging as my own data base didn't have much to offer. I do have a John A. Roebling catalog - circa 1957 and it has a B.C. of 8000 lbs.

I'm also looking at ASTM A475 and notice that there are different grade os wire, i.e. Utilities grade, common grade, Siemens-Martin grade and high strength grade. Also note that you can get the wire prestretched.

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On 1/13/2015 10:47 AM, Thor Tandy wrote:
Hi Everyone

Thanks for the responses.

Yes, I found the Tiger reference but it doesn't give the (metallic) cross
section area either. I am also referencing Hanes and the "Wire Rope User's Manual".

The loading on the cable I'm reviewing is light (only 225lb). For a 5/16" aircraft cable (7x19), assuming the cable steel density is about 0.28 lb/in^3 the equivalent metal area is about .05in^2 (i.e. equiv to a 1/4" dia solid). E varies with life history but for this relatively low loading and the low periodic use of the cable, I think I can assume that E for a new cable is probably OK for my deflection estimate. I have found the E is probably about 15E6lb/in^2 for a new 7x19 cable ...? Actual stretch will also be affected by any "unravelling" of the cable twist but again I think the light loading condition will avoid significant extension due to wire rotation.

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