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Static Analysis of a Lumped Mass Cable System

[+] Author Affiliations
Marco D. Masciola, Meyer Nahon

McGill University, Montreal, QC, Canada

Frederick R. Driscoll

Florida Atlantic University, Boca Raton, FL

Paper No. DETC2010-28292, pp. 233-241; 9 pages
  • ASME 2010 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference
  • Volume 2: 34th Annual Mechanisms and Robotics Conference, Parts A and B
  • Montreal, Quebec, Canada, August 15–18, 2010
  • Conference Sponsors: Design Engineering Division and Computers in Engineering Division
  • ISBN: 978-0-7918-4410-6 | eISBN: 978-0-7918-3881-5
  • Copyright © 2010 by ASME


In this paper, we advance a methodology for obtaining the statics solution of lumped mass cable system. The method presented here is general enough for most cable configurations (slack or taut), and works well for a broad range of cable elasticity. The forces considered acting on the cable are due to elasticity, weight, buoyancy and aero/hydrodynamics. A shooting method is used to generate the statics solution for the lumped mass model and thus find the equilibrium position of all the cable nodes. This approach converges onto a solution more efficiently compared to other conventional approaches. In particular, for the two-dimensional problem, the solution is obtained from a set of two equations, regardless of how fine the cable discretization is.

Copyright © 2010 by ASME
Topics: Cables



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