[TowerTalk] Re. Phillystran

Eric Gustafson n7cl@mmsi.com
Thu, 2 Mar 2000 10:07:13 -0700

Besides ultimate strength, how much does the rope of equivalent
strength stretch before yielding?  The tower may fail before the
rope does...

73, Eric  N7CL

>Date: Thu, 2 Mar 2000 10:03:15 -0500
>From: Bill Coleman AA4LR <aa4lr@radio.org>
>On 3/2/00 9:31 AM, K7LXC@aol.com at K7LXC@aol.com wrote:
>>In a message dated 03/02/2000 6:13:52 AM Pacific Standard Time, 
>>JSheinb785@aol.com writes:
>>> PHILLYSTRAN might be great, but I've been using Dacron rope for over 20 
>>>  & the sun doesn't affect it, & once the initial stretch is made, no more 
>>>  stretching occurs. AND, it's less expensive.
>>      You better not be using it for tower guying - it's TOTALLY unsuitable 
>>for that application. 
>Doesn't that depend on how BIG the rope is?
>It's an interesting thought problem -- how big would a Dacron rope have 
>to be to have the 4000 lb breaking strength (assuming a small tower) of 
>typical EHS or Phyllistran tower guys?  Second thought problem -- how 
>much would such a mongo Dacron rope cost per foot, compared to EHS or 
>Any mechanical engineers out there?
>Certainly one can't replace 3/16" EHS with 1/2" Dacron rope. They aren't 
>even in the same league strength-wise.
>Bill Coleman, AA4LR, PP-ASEL        Mail: aa4lr@radio.org
>Quote: "Boot, you transistorized tormentor! Boot!"
>            -- Archibald Asparagus, VeggieTales

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