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Safety Factors and Innovation in Ropes and Cables

Challenging the concept of Safety Factors

Society depends on engineers to design infrastructure, tools, and machines to operate in a safe and reliable manner, but at a cost which is economically feasible. To achieve this objective, the concept of Safety Factor, a.k.a. Margin of Safety has been applied which results in an over designed product which is then presented as being safe.

This paper challenges the concept of Safety Factors as it is applied in the field of ropes and cables and covers the topics of Rope Health Monitoring, Rope Health Management, and Inspection and retirement criteria, and the developments in understanding and predicting the failure mechanisms present in the application of Synthetic Fiber Rope.

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