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ASTM A931-18

Standard Test Method for Tension Testing of Wire Ropes and Strand

Standard Test Method for Tension Testing of Wire Ropes and Strand A0931-18 ASTM|A0931-18|en-US Standard Test Method for Tension Testing of Wire Ropes and Strand Standard new BOS Vol. 01.03 Committee A01
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Significance and Use

4.1 Tension tests are generally to be performed on new wire ropes. The use of wire rope in any application can reduce individual wire strengths due to abrasion and nicking that will result in the wire rope strength being reduced. Damage to the outer wires will also lower the maximum strength achieved during tension testing.

4.2 The modulus of elasticity of wire rope is not considered to be a standard requirement at this time. The determination of this material property requires specialized equipment and techniques.

4.3 Rope to be tested should be thoroughly examined to verify that no external wire damage is present. If present, it should be noted. When possible, a new undamaged sample should be obtained for testing.

4.4 End attachments and their installation can directly affect breaking force achieved during testing. Any attachment that can be used to directly achieve the required rope breaking force can be used. Standard testing with a poured socket, using zinc, white metal or thermoset resin, has been considered the most efficient. Proficiency in attachment of any fitting can have a direct effect on the final test results.


1.1 This test method covers the tension testing of wire ropes and strand at room temperature, specifically to determine the measured breaking force, yield strength, elongation, and modulus of elasticity. Methods described in this standard are not intended for other purposes.

1.2 The values stated in inch-pound units are to be regarded as standard. The values given in parentheses are mathematical conversions to SI units that are provided for information only and are not considered standard.

1.3 This standard does not purport to address all of the safety concerns, if any, associated with its use. It is the responsibility of the user of this standard to establish appropriate safety, health, and environmental practices and determine the applicability of regulatory limitations prior to use. Specific precautionary statements are given in Note 1 and Note 2.

1.4 This international standard was developed in accordance with internationally recognized principles on standardization established in the Decision on Principles for the Development of International Standards, Guides and Recommendations issued by the World Trade Organization Technical Barriers to Trade (TBT) Committee.

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Book of Standards Volume: 01.03
Developed by Subcommittee: A01.03
Pages: 4
DOI: 10.1520/A0931-18
ICS Code: 77.140.65