TecQuipment Suspension Cable Demonstration – STF2

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A demonstration to show the shape and tensions of suspension cables.

For use with the Work Panel (STF1), the kit allows several experiments with a suspension cable.

Students or teachers fit the magnetic parts of the kit to the Work Panel (STF1) to study or demonstrate the shapes and tensions in a suspension cable.

The kit compares a suspension cable with a catenary cable and analyses results using catenary and parabolic theory. It includes a roller chain (the cable), held by magnetically mounted sprocket pulleys and a set of weight hangers and weights. Spring balances measure the tension in the cable. The versatility of the kit means that you can create symmetrical and non-symmetrical cables, with point loads or with evenly-spread loads.

TecQuipment supplies each kit with a fully illustrated User Guide containing theory, experiments and typical results.

Key features:

  • One of a series of kits for experiments in statics fundamentals topics
  • Fits to the Work Panel (STF1) for a complete range of suspension cable experiments
  • Hands-on approach for improved understanding
  • Highly visual and robust – ideal for classroom demonstrations and for use by small groups of students
  • Magnetic bases allow accurate and easy positioning of the experiment’s parts
  • Supplied in a hard-wearing storage tray
  • Includes a fully illustrated user guide

Learning outcomes:

  • Analysis using catenary and parabola theory
  • Cable weight and tension
  • Comparison of a symmetrical suspension cable and catenary
  • Unsymmetrical suspension cable
  • A point load on a suspension cable


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