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Effect of hardness in shackle chain wear under harsh environmentally conditions
De Pauw, J.; Sukumaran, J.; Perez Delgado, Y.; Rodriguez, V.; De Baets, P. (2013). Effect of hardness in shackle chain wear under harsh environmentally conditions. Wear 306(1-2): 131-137.
In: Wear: An International Journal on the Science and Technology of Friction, Lubrication and Wear. Elsevier: Amsterdam. ISSN 0043-1648, more
Peer reviewed article  

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    VLIZ: Open Repository 280333 [ OMA ]

Author keywords
    Shackle chain; Hardness; Full scale testing; Industrial fishing

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  • De Pauw, J., more
  • Sukumaran, J., more
  • Perez Delgado, Y., more
  • Rodriguez, V., more
  • De Baets, P., more

    Industrial fishing (e.g. bottom trawling) uses shackle chains as a sea soil rake to increase the catch. Serving in such extreme conditions (seawater, sand) results in limited lifetimes less than 6 months. To increase the lifetime, hardened ‘wear resistant’ chains could be a possible alternative but quantitative data on their lifetime is unclear. In this study we quantified the wear rate and wear mechanism of two commercially available chain materials. The wear experiments performed on a custom designed full scale test rig show a significant difference between both materials. The hardened chains wear out ~1.5× less comparing with the ‘normal’ chains. The current investigation allows fishermen to make an economical trade-off between both types of chains.

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