• George A. Costello
Part of the Mechanical Engineering Series book series (MES)


A property common to structural elements such as rope, yarn, cord, cable, and strand is their ability to resist relatively large axial loads in comparison to bending and torsional loads. Rope [1, 2],* because of this property, is one of the oldest tools that humans have used in their efforts to produce a better life for themselves. A copper cable found in the ruins of Nemeveh near Babylon indicates that wire rope was used as a structural element in about 700 B.C. Sayenga has written an excellent history of the American wire rope industry [3].




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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • George A. Costello
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  1. 1.Department of Theoretical and Applied MechanicsUniversity of Illinois at Urbana-ChampaignUrbanaUSA

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