A theoretical investigation of the form assumed by a submarine cable during laying or recovery

A theoretical investigation of the form assumed by a submarine cable during laying or recovery

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The increasing use of submerged repeaters and the introduction of new cable types have drawn attention to the hydrodynamic problems involved in the laying and recovery of deep-sea cables. The paper deals with the case of a uniform cable being laid or picked up at a constant speed. A method is described whereby the shape of the curve assumed by the cable under given conditions can be estimated and the maximum tension in the cable predicted.


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