Evaluation of residual strength of polymeric yarns subjected to previous impact loads


  • Gabriela Hahn Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Policab – Stress Analysis Laboratory, Av. Itália km. 8, 96203-000, Rio Grande, Brazil
  • Antônio Henrique Monteiro da Fonseca Thomé da Silva Petróleo Brasileiro SA – Petrobras, CENPES R&D Centre, Ilha Cidade Universitária - Cidade Universitária, 21941-915, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil; Universidade Federal Fluminense – Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica, Rua Passo da Pátria, 156 Bl. D., 24210-240, Niterói, Brazil
  • Felipe Tempel Stumpf Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, Departamento de Engenharia Mecânica, Rua Sarmento Leite, 425, 90050-170 Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Carlos Eduardo Marcos Guilherme Universidade Federal do Rio Grande, Policab – Stress Analysis Laboratory, Av. Itália km. 8, 96203-000, Rio Grande, Brazil




offshore mooring, ultra deep-water, impact load


The discovery of oil fields in deep and ultra-deep waters provided an opportunity to evaluate the use of  synthetic ropes, complementarily or alternatively to traditional steel-based mooring lines in offshore units, mainly because of the former’s lower specific weight. Considering the series of complex dynamic-mechanical mainly axial loads to which these structures may be subjected, originated from different sources, such as wind, water current, tide, etc., there may be cases when at least one of these lines may possibly face an abrupt, shock-like axial load of considerably larger magnitude. The goal of the present study is to evaluate the residual tensile strength of three different synthetic yarns  (polyester, and two grades of high modulus polyethylene) after exposure to such axial impact loads. It was observed that, for the tested materials, polyester is the one with the largest impact resistance to the conditions evaluated herein, mainly because of its comparatively greater energy absorption properties.


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How to Cite

Hahn, G., Monteiro da Fonseca Thomé da Silva, A. H., Tempel Stumpf, F., & Marcos Guilherme, C. E. (2022). Evaluation of residual strength of polymeric yarns subjected to previous impact loads. Acta Polytechnica, 62(4), 473–478. https://doi.org/10.14311/AP.2022.62.0473