Protecting your Synthetic Ropes from Abrasions

Chafe gear is designed to minimize the total amount of abrasions that might occur while using synthetic rope. Understanding what abrasions are and why they occur will allow you to be better prepared to prevent them in the future. This information should hopefully allow you to get a long life out of your ropes, while also avoiding potentially dangerous situations.

There are two main types of abrasions:

  1. Internal abrasions- relative movement of external and interior yarns
  2. External abrasions- contact with outside source

A rope can experience either one or both types of abrasion. A rope that is left unprotected and is moving over a rough surface will be subject to both. For example, an improperly maintained chock will experience both types of abrasions.

Through a close analysis of the wire rope and the area it is being used, it will be possible to see if the cable is suffering visible abrasions. The surface will show signs of breakage and external strands will be left on rough surfaces.

Although it is harder to see internal abrasions, it is important to be mindful that it is a potential problem. When the rope rubs on an external surface, it causes frictions, which heats up the inside of the rope (heat is the worst enemy of synthetic ropes).

Being mindful of how you are using your rope is important. Preventing abrasion is not difficult when using the right chafe gear. If you need more information about protecting your cables, your business, and your staff, give us a call today.