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Tension at all various of a wire rope subjected to tension

  1. Jul 16, 2014 #1
    Will the tension at various points of a wire rope remain same when subjected to tension?
    for example let us assume that a wire rope is pretensioned and held between to fixed supports .So will the tension remain the same at the center and either of the anchorage points.
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  3. Jul 17, 2014 #2

    Simon Bridge

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    Nice question - since real rope all stretch a bit, the trick is to model the rope as a series of small masses connected by springs. The extension of the springs is proportional to the tension at that position in the rope.

    Try a simpler problem:
    What if you just hung the rope from the ceiling?
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