Stephen J Banfield, Neil Casey
An examination has been conducted of fibre rope mechanical properties measured in laboratory tests on materials, constructions and terminations intended for deepwater mooring applications. This data combined with field experience provides a better understanding of rope behaviour and enhances the knowledge required to engineer fibre ropes for these demanding applications.
This has also led to improved laboratory test techniques for measurement of mechanical properties relevant to mooring system response analyses required to meet regulatory requirements. Preliminary evaluation of this data also indicates that a post test evaluation method to determine retained properties of insert strops removed from mooring lines may be possible.
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