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Overlay Finish For Fiber Ropes
Improves Marine Performance
Military specifications for fiber ropes are now going to include a finish requirement to improve the rope's performance in the marine environment.
Where included in the specifica- tions, rope manufacturers must use fibers with an overlay finish to en- sure that their products provide superior performance in a marine environment, as compared, that is, to ropes made of fibers without an overlay finish. Major fiber produc- ers and some manufacturers have developed these marine overlay fin- ishes which generally include lubricants that are combined with other additives in proprietary for- mulas. "Our SeaGardR over finish is an important part of improving the performance of cordage," said Earl
B. Clark, regional sales manager,
Allied Signal, Inc., Industrial Fi- bers Division. "We are continually striving to come up with the opti- mum fiber finish that rope manufacturers can translate into performance ropes. "Furthermore, the government has recently recognized the success of an over finish on nylon and poly- ester ropes in the commercial fish- ing, pleasure and industrial marine areas. And, new government speci- fications are now being drawn up regarding all types of braided and twisted nylon and polyester ropes," he stated.
Another major producer of over- lay finish products is E.I. Du Pontde
Nemours & Co. (Inc.) Industrial Fi- bers, which offers these types of fibers as part of its "Performance
Plus" line. "Finishes have been one of the most important factors in the pro- cessibility and performance of synthetic fibers since their earliest days," said William Huffacker, account manager for the Wilming- ton, Delaware company's industrial products division. "Du Pont is continually working to have available the right finish for the right application. In the case of fibers for many rope applications, it was determined that a secondary or overlay finish was very useful and such finishes have been a major fac- tor in our portfolio of industrial fibers for over 20 years," he continued.
According to the data yielded by laboratory testing and actual marine applications, the specially treated fi- ber ropes can provide a significant increase in abrasion resistance, high- er wet strength retention and longer overall life, when used in normal op- erations. It is not possible, however, to establish a specific life cycle be- cause there is a wide variety in the storage circumstances and conditions of use of fiber ropes used in marine operations. Because of this, require- ments for a specific protection period are not being included in military specifications.
Marine overlay finishes are now
To Build Passenger Vessel
Freeport Shipbuilding and Ma- rine Repair, Inc., was recently awarded the contract to build the 150-passenger vessel, Barefoot Prin- cess, for Charleston Paddlewheel
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The Barefoot Princess will be 65 feet long with a beam of 26 feet. The sidewheeler replica is financed by
Caterpillar Financial and will be powered by twin Caterpillar 3208 diesel engines and a 40-kw available for use on high tenacity nylon, polyester and aramid fibers used in stranded, braided and wire- lay type constructions. Rope manufacturers should be contacted for the physical properties of their ropes with these finishes, along with recommendations on working loads.
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