Numerical and experimental study of a new type of clip for joining cables

D. Castro-Fresno, J.J. Del Coz Díaz, M. Alonso Martínez, E. Blanco-Fernandez, J.A. Polanco Madrazo

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This paper details the design of a new metallic cable-joining clip for slope stabilization nets. The main objective of this research paper is to numerically and experimentally analyze the resistance capacity of a new clip model for cables with diameters of 8 and 10 mm. Firstly, laboratory tests are performed on the clip and the cable. Then, the clip performance during opening and displacement tests is simulated through a nonlinear finite element model. In the simulation, the different geometrical shapes are included, taking into account plasticity, large displacements and frictional contacts between cable and clip. Thirdly, an optimization is carried out based on a design-of-experiments (DOEs) statistical technique, with the aim of adjusting the mathematical model to the experimental results and examining the influence of the most important parameters. With this method, good results in terms of deformation and resistance have been obtained with the numerical and experimental models. This analogy helps to extrapolate the results to other non-tested clips that share a basic group of constant parameters. Finally, the most relevant conclusions as well as future lines of research are presented.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)107-121
Number of pages15
JournalEngineering Structures
Early online date30 Jun 2012
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2012
Externally publishedYes

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NOTICE: this is the author’s version of a work that was accepted for publication in Engineering Structures. Changes resulting from the publishing process, such as peer review, editing, corrections, structural formatting, and other quality control mechanisms may not be reflected in this document. Changes may have been made to this work since it was submitted for publication. A definitive version was subsequently published in Engineering Structures, 44, (2012) DOI: 10.1016/j.engstruct.2012.05.

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  • Cable nets
  • Clips
  • Nonlinear simulation and contacts
  • Structural test
  • Optimization based on DOE


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