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Splice Testing Using a Figure-s Machine and a New Shuttle Car Simulation.
Tomlinson-JN; Rusnak-T; King-R; Morley-LA
NTIS: PB/80-210222 :44 pages
Shuttle car trailing cable splices were tested for resistance to failure upon being subjected to repeated bending, abrasion, and tensile shocks using a new testing method that closely simulates shuttle car induced stress. The results show that under normal stress, splices can be made to withstand the equivalent of 3 months of operational use. Restoring the tensile strength to the conductors is as critical as restoring flexibility. Splices in which the conductors are of slightly unequal length did not present as serious a workmanshop problem as previously thought since test results show that the conductors tend to equalize when longer cables, in contrast to short cables employed in previous testing methods, were used. Dynamic recordings of cable tensile stresses are presented for a shuttle car and the new simulated testing method. Two simple but effective methods for removing insulation using a knife and a pair of pliers are described. None of the designs tested for a sacrificial splice covering were satisfactory.
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Pennsylvania State Univ.
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