Product number: HST31

Experiment to compare the simplified theory of a suspension cable with results measured using a chain of uniform weight per unit length.

A horizontal base beam has a fixed pulley at one end and a vertically adjustable pulley at the other end of a 1 m span. A length of roller chain is used as the suspension cable, which is tensioned by two spring balances that can be adjusted to keep the chain length constant. A height gauge on the base beam is provided to measure the X and Y co-ordinates of the lay of the chain.

A large number of small suspension weights are used to hang on the chain rollers to vary the uniform weight per unit length, or alternatively to hang in a cluster to form a point load. Each suspension weight weighs approximately 1N each and has a hook at each end which allows it to be attached to the chain and allows other weights to be linked in series on the chain, thus changing the self weight of the chain. Varying point loads can be achieved by created a series of linked weights at a single point on the chain.

Specifications and resources

1000mm chain span
2 x 10kgf spring balance
81 x 1N suspension weight
X and Y scale calibrated in mm