Understanding Cable Bend Radius To Prevent Damage
Mechanical cables require an understanding of how bend radius can influence cable integrity, fatigue, and service life. Estimating the bend radius of a cable before installation will help establish parameters for optimal performance.
The bend radius determines how tight a cable can be bent without causing damage, kinks, or shortened cycle life. It provides a safe operational range for the cable’s application, ensuring optimal performance.
When selecting either a push-pull or pull-pull cable, the manufacturer will state the smallest bend radius possible in its specifications. There are an array of cable types that require different bend radii while being pulled under tension over an object such as a sheave or drum.
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