Evaluating Kevlar Rope for Use in Gate Hoist and Crane Applications for Improved Service Life

Project ID: 20036
Principal Investigator: Zachary Cepak
Research Topic: Improved Power Generation
Funded Fiscal Years: 2020, 2021 and 2022
Keywords: None

Research Question

This project will evaluate whether Kevlar rope be used in gate hoist and crane applications to improve service life and reduce cost. Research for this proposal includes material properties of Kevlar rope to determine the validity of implementing it into modern designs. Kevlar rope is intended to replace steel wire rope that tends to corrode and weaken after exposure to the elements for an extended period of time. The results of this project have the possibility to increase the reliability of Reclamation's structures as well as reducing future expenditures as material size and equipment rating could decrease.

Need and Benefit

Most of Reclamation's facilities utilize wire ropes in some form or another. This could be in the form of hoist ropes for actuating gates, or in cranes used for relocation or maintenance of plant equipment. Wire ropes are vital to Reclamation operation and recently, new technology for wire rope material has surfaced. Kevlar ropes are relatively new to industry and do not have a strong research base yet. Through this project, Reclamation will gain knowledge on the feasibility of implementing Kevlar rope at its facilities. Preliminary research suggests that this new technology has the possibility to lower Reclamation's costs as well as improve the reliability of facilities that use wire rope.

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Research Products

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Last Updated: 6/22/20