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Hydrodynamic Loads on Twisted Ropes and Hawsers

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Hans-Joachim Winkel, Mathias Paschen

Universitaet Rostock, Rostock, Germany

Paper No. OMAE2005-67374, pp. 775-785; 11 pages
  • ASME 2005 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering
  • 24th International Conference on Offshore Mechanics and Arctic Engineering: Volume 2
  • Halkidiki, Greece, June 12–17, 2005
  • Conference Sponsors: Ocean, Offshore and Arctic Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 0-7918-4196-0 | eISBN: 0-7918-3759-9
  • Copyright © 2005 by ASME


The loads on both a model of a smooth cable and a helical strake (also known as scrouton spiral) were measured in a wind tunnel. The coefficients of drag, lift and transverse force were ascertained for an angle of attack between 0 and 360 degrees. Results show that the drag coefficient increases by the spiral in each case whereas the lift coefficient changes only insignificantly. A defined transverse force is caused by the spiral. To find an explanation of this force by the circulation a simple mathematical model is given. Finally the behaviour of a twisted rope in water calculated by a known code is predicted in case of steady current.

Copyright © 2005 by ASME
Topics: Stress , Ropes



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