Originally Posted by estarzinger
I agree with you that there are probably significant difference between the various different braits. And they may well 'age' differently, and differently than 3 strand.
I had planned to test the nylon up to 2500lbs, but I ran out of hydraulic travel at 1000lbs. I am getting a longer ram in order to better test nylon but it has not come yet.
So, I will come back to this later.
I have seen the same results from another cordage maker, which thus shows some consistency. 3 strand has more elasticity initially but anchor
plait has a higher ultimate elasticity. But the differences are marginal, or not something that I think anyone would really notice. Beyond about 50% of total elasticity (approx 50% of UTS) any results are a bit academic as we should not be loading that high anyway - which means 3 ply is better. I use 3 strand in a mixed rode
, because I have it, if I was buying
from new I'd buy anchor
plait simply because its easier to handle (and the elasticity differences not great).
Elasticity vs diam is a function of weight, rather than diameter - again I have not checked but is 3 strand heavier (or lighter) than the same nominal diameter anchor plait.
It would be interesting to look at different plaits, braids or 3 strand as manufacturers seem to show different elasticities to each other - but I do wonder if they have smoothed the curves - which means looking at manufacturers data is flawed - someone would need to actually do it (and you would need an awful lot of different cordage - not something I can easily acquire as Americans think exporting is selling from NY to Cal