|Publication number||US3772454 A|
|Publication date||Nov 13, 1973|
|Filing date||Nov 22, 1972|
|Priority date||Nov 22, 1972|
|Also published as||CA972839A, CA972839A1, DE2358058A1|
|Publication number||US 3772454 A, US 3772454A, US-A-3772454, US3772454 A, US3772454A|
|Inventors||Donecker F, Lucht W|
|Original Assignee||Steel Corp|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (2), Referenced by (24), Classifications (12), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
United States Patent [1 1 Donecker et al.
[ Nov. 13, 1973 TORQUE BALANCED CABLE Inventors: Frederick W. Donecker, Madison;
Wilbert A. Lucht, Orange, both of Com.
United States Steel Corporation, Pittsburgh, Pa.
Filed: Nov. 22, 1972 Appl. No.: 308,925
References Cited UNITED STATES PATENTS 7/1939 Wells 174/103 3,482,034 12/1969 Rhoades 174/128 Primary Examiner -E. A. Goldberg Att0meyRea C. Helm  ABSTRACT A torque balanced conductor cable includes between three and six strands spiraled together with the torque exerted by the cable being approximately equal to the torque exerted by the strands. Each strand includes an insulated conductor as a core with steel wires stranded therearound and the insulation extending into the interstices of the strands. Another species includes insulated conductors positioned in the outer valleys of the cable and a sheath extruded over the entire assembly. This second species may be used with the first species or with cables in which the strands have a steel wire core member.
5 Claims, 5 Drawing Figures TORQUE BALANCED CABLE This invention relates to a torque balanced conductor cable and more particularly to such a cable which is an improvement over the wire rope shown in Adams and Lucht US. Pat. No. 3,374,619 dated Mar. 26, 1968.
In many marine applications, oceanographers use a conductive cable that is payed out by means of winches to great depths. The conventional cable consists of electrical conductors in the core, surrounded by insulation, and lastly covered with one or more layers of steel wire. Wire rope terminology would name this a strand construction as opposed to a wire rope construction. A wire rope construction consists of two or more strands twisted together. At greater depths damage to the electrical wires due to pinching and crossover winding on the drum occurs.
I have found that by replacing the center steel wire of each strand by an insulated electrical conductor, such as copper or aluminum, and shortening the lay of the rope from that disclosed in the Adams et al. patent, the rope will not unwind more than l per foot under a free hanging load at 75 percent of the rope breaking strength. The conductor may be a single solid wire or a multiple wire strand.
l have also found that a suitable conductor cable can be made by placing insulated conductors in each valley of the rope disclosed in the Adams et al. patent and covering the entire assembly with a plastic sheath.
It is therefore an object of my invention to provide a torque balanced conductor cable which will lay dead when cut.
Another object is to provide such a cable which has longer life than previous cables.
These and other objects will become more apparent after referring to the following specification and drawings in which:
FIG. 1 is a perspective view of a 3 X 18 scale regular lay cable of my invention;
FIG. 2 is an end view of a 6 X 18 seale regular lay cable of my invention;
FIG. 3 is an end view of a 3 X 19 seale'regular lay cable showing another species of my invention;
FIG. 4 is a view, similar to FIG. 2, showing another species of my invention; and
FIG. 5 is 'a view, similar to FIG. 3, showing still another embodiment of my invention.
Referring more particularly to FIG. 1 of the drawings, reference numeral 1 indicates a conductor cable consisting of three strands, each having an insulated center core wire 4 surrounded by nine intermediate wires 6 and nine outer wires 8. Each center core wire 4 includes a core made of a non ferrous metal, such as copper or aluminum, having greater electrical conductivity than steel. Insulation l surrounds the center core wire 4 and extends into the interstices of the surrounding wires. The insulation is made of a material which will retain some plasticity when the cable is subjected to the stress relieving temperature. After being heated, the insulation must have a dielectric strength capable of withstanding 30 volts d.c. per mil of wall thickness for minutes at room temperature. It should also have good abrasion resistance and be resistant to natural environments, such as salt water. A satisfactory material is radiation cross linked polyolefin. This material has no melting point but is very soft. Other suitable materials are Tetra Fluoro Ethylene, Fluorinated Ethylene Propylene, Cross Llnked Poly Vinylidene Fluoride, and other Cross Linked Polyolefins. In making the strand, a core wire is selected whose diameter including the insulation is greater than the cavity which was normally occupied by a steel wire. The wires 6 and 8 are then stranded around the core wire 4 in the usual manner with a portion of the insulation being forced into the interstices of the strand. The strands are then formed, roll straightened, and stranded together in a strand machine. The strands are partially preformed as in the above-mentioned Adams et al. patent. The completed cable is stress relieved at a temperature between 600 and 1,150 F as in the Adams et al. patent. The angle of lay of the strands in the cable is greater than the seven degrees which is used in the abovementioned patent. The angle of layer of the outer wires in each strand is at least I 34 times that of the angle of lay of the strands in the cable. The heat treating is accomplished very rapidly by passing the cable continuously through an inductor coil while the cable is in tension. The result of the heat, tension, and oversized insulation results in a star-shaped appearance in the conductor and locks the conductor wire to the steel wires. This construction enables the conductor wire to last as long as the steel wires. Table I shows the results of a test made on a 5/16" 3 X 18 cable constructed as shown in FIG. 1 in accordance with the present invention.
NOTE: The electrical wires retained conductivity without shorts to ground until the rope failed.
After immersion in salt water for one-half hour, the insulation resistance at 5,000 volts d.c. was 350,000 megohms for 200 feet.
Table II shows the results obtained by a rotation test of a 5/16" 3 X 18 Monitor AA cable constructed as shown in FIG. 1 in accordance with the present invention. The catalog breaking strength of this cable is 9,270 pounds.
TABLE II 5/I6 3 X 18 Monitor AA with Raychem Insulated Conductors Load Degrees Rotation Per Foot 9200 as than I Table III shows similar test results on a 5G" 3 X 18 Monitor AA cable made according to the invention and having a catalog breaking strength of 36,270 pounds.
TABLE III 5/8." 3 X 18 Monitor AA with Raychem Insulated Conductors Degrees Rotation Per Foot One particular cable manufactured according to my invention was a 3 X 18 Scale Right Regular Lay made with Monitor AA steel wires with the angle of lay of the outer wires in each strand being 21.8 and the angle of lay of the strands in the cable being ll.3. A 3 X 18 Right Regular Lay cable constructed of wire made from Monitor AA strand had the same lays as the above as" cable.
The rope of FIG. 2 includes a stranded core member 11 surrounded by six strands 12, each having an insulated center conductor wire surrounded by insulation 15, nine intermediate wires 16, and nine outer wires 18. The insulation is the same as in the first embodiment and the strands are formed in the same manner as in the first embodiment. The strands are roll straightened and stranded together in a stranding machine, after which the cable is stress relieved as in the first embodiment. The relationship between the angle of lay of the outer wire in each strand and angle of lay of strands in the rope is greater than in the three-strand rope. In the six-strand rope shown, the angle of lay of the strands in the rope is greater than 7. It will be understood that other types of strands may be used in the construction of the cable.
FIG. 3 shows another embodiment of my invention in which a three-strand cable is made in the same manner as in the above-mentioned Adams et al. patent and the various parts-are indicated by priming the reference numbers of FIG. 1. According to my invention, one or more insulated electrical conductors 20 are then laid in each valley of the cable. The center is made of the same material as the conductor of the first two embodiments but any common insulation material 22 may be used since the steel wires of the cable are stress relieved prior to placing the insulated conductors in the valleys. An outer sheath 24 is then extruded over the assembled strands and conductors. The melting point of the insulation should be greater than the melting point of the jacket material to prevent it from melting during the extruding operation. Polyethylene may be used as the outer sheath with the conductor insulation being Polypropylene. It is also necessary that the two materials not bond together as the unwinding of the cable will usually induce a tensile load on the conductors and stretch them beyond their elastic limit.
FIG. 4 shows another embodiment of my invention which includes a cable constructed as shown in FIG. 2 of the Adams et al. patent but having a stranded core member 11. One or moe insulated conductors 26 are positioned in each of the valleys and an outer sheath 28 is extruded around the assembled strands and conductors 26. The insulated conductors 26 and outer sheath 28 are made of the same materials as the insulated conductor 22 and outer sheath 24. It will be understood constructed in the same manner as in FIG. 1 and the same reference numerals are used for these parts. One or more insulated electrical conductors 30 are then laid in each valley of the cable and an outer sheath 32 is then extruded over the entire assembly as in the embodiment of FIG. 3. This construction may also be used with any of the cable constructions utilizing strands having a insulated core conductor.
While several embodiments of my invention have been shown and described, it will be apparent that other adaptations and modifications may be made without departing from the scope of the following claims.
l. A torque balanced regular lay conductor cable comprising between three and six strands spiraled together, each of said strands including a center core made of a non-ferrous metal having greater electrical conductivity than steel, steel wires spiraled around said center core, and electrical insulation surrounding said center core and extending into the interstices of the surrounding wires, the angle of lay of the outer wires in each strand being at least 1% times that of the angle of lay of the strands in the cable, the angle of lay of the strands in the cable being greater than 7, the torque exerted by the rope being approximately equal to the torque inserted by the strands, said cable being stress relieved at a temperature of between 600 and l, 1 50F, said insulation being made of a material which will retain some plasticity when subjected to the stress relieving temperature.
2. A torque balanced cable according to claim 1 in which three strands are spiraled together, and the angle of lay of the strands in the cable is greater than 10.
3. A torque balanced regular lay conductor cable comprising between three and six strands spiraled together with outer valleys between the strands, each of said strands including a plurality of steel wires stranded together, the angle of lay of the outer wires in each strand being at least 1% times that of the angle of lay of the strands in the rope, the torque exerted by the cable being approximately equal to the torque exerted by the strands, said cable being stress relieved at a temperature of between 600 and l,l50F., an insulated electrical conductor in each of said valleys, said conductor being made of a non-ferrous metal having greater electrical conductivity than steel, and a plastic sheath surrounding said assembled strands and conductors, said plastic sheath being made of a material which will not bond to said sheath.
4. A torque balanced cable according to claim 3 in which each strand includes a center core made of a non-ferrous metal having greater electrical conductivity than steel,and electrical insulation surrounding said center core and extending into the interstices of the surrounding wires, the angle of lay of the strands in the cable being greater than 7.
5. A torque balanced cable according to claim 4 in which three strands are spiraled together, and the angle of lay of the strands in the cable is greater than 10.
I I! l UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION Patent No. m'rmfiu Dated Novemhw 3 W3 Inventor(s) Frederick w. Doneoker et a1...
It is certified that error appears in the above-identified patent and that said Letters Patent are hereby corrected as shown below:
Golumn 2, line 1O,v strand should stranding line lay r should read 1 (3011mm 3, line -50, "moe" should read more Signed iand sealed this 21st day of May 191 11;.
lZDv-IARI) Ii .FUELTGHER, C MARSHALL DANN Attesting Officer Commissioner of Patents FORM PO-105O (10-69) uscoMM-oc 60316-P69 ".5. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE 2 I," ""3-8' UNITED STATES PATENT OFFICE CERTIFICATE OF CORRECTION Patent No. BJY JIS I Dated Novwber' 3, 973
Inventor(s) Frederick w. Donecker et It is certified that error appears in the above-identified patent and that said Letters Patent are hereby corrected as shown below:
Jolumn 2, line 10, "strand should tranding line 1-6, "layer" should read la Golmnn 3, line =50, "moo" should read more Signed and sealed this 21st dar' of May 19%;.
EDI-IAN) ILFHIITCHER TE-i C. MARSHALL DANN Attesting Officer Commissioner of Patents F ORM F'O-105O (10-69) USCOMM-DC 60876-P69 vr us. GOVERNMENT PRINTING OFFICE: I969 0-366-334,
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|U.S. Classification||174/113.00R, 174/103, 174/128.1, 174/102.00R, 174/102.00E, 174/115|
|International Classification||H01B7/18, H01B7/22, H01B5/00, H01B5/08|
|Mar 31, 1989||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: USX CORPORATION, A CORP. OF DE, STATELESS
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Effective date: 19880112
|Oct 29, 1984||AS02||Assignment of assignor's interest|
Owner name: AMSTED INDUSTRIES INC. A CORP OF DE
Effective date: 19840712
Owner name: UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION A DE CORP.
|Oct 29, 1984||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: AMSTED INDUSTRIES INC. A CORP OF DE
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST.;ASSIGNOR:UNITED STATES STEEL CORPORATION A DE CORP.;REEL/FRAME:004322/0092
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