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Abrasive wear of link chains
Van Steenkiste, D.; Plasschaert, S.; De Baets, P.; De Pauw, J.; Perez Delgado, Y.; Sukumaran, J. (2011). Abrasive wear of link chains, in: Student contributions to the third Day of Research. Sustainable Construction & Design, 2(3): pp. 388-396
In: (2011). Student contributions to the third Day of Research. Sustainable Construction & Design, 2(3). Ghent University, Laboratory Soete: Ghent. ISBN 9789490726010. , more
In: Sustainable Construction & Design. Laboratory Soete of Ghent University: Ghent. ISSN 2032-7471, more

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Document type: Conference paper

Author keywords
    link chain, tickler chain, three-body abrasive wear, sand and seawater environment

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  • Van Steenkiste, D., more
  • Plasschaert, S., more
  • De Baets, P., more
  • De Pauw, J., more
  • Perez Delgado, Y., more
  • Sukumaran, J., more

    Link chains are widely used in many different sectors of industry, for example in hoist applications, marine applications, manure chains in agricultural applications, snow chains for cars or even as a bicycle lock. A more specific application is the tickler chain, where the link chain is used to drag over the seabed in order to increase the catch rate. In this case the link chain is subjected to extreme abrasive wear due to the sand and seawater environment. Fracture of these chains causes serious economical damage due to downtime and especially production loss. The main objective of this research is to quantify the most important wear mechanisms that act on a link chain, and with that knowledge to try to design and build a reliable test rig that simulates abrasive wear of tickler chains. With these simulation results the chain parameters, such as geometry and material, can be improved in order to decrease the wear rate.

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