Inside a Stay Cable: Is this Way Cool or What?

metal-strand-and-cross-section

So here we have a piece of metal strand and cross sections of the cable it’s contained in, depending upon where you are when you’re looking at that cable. Lots of these strands are enclosed in one cable. Lots. If you start at the roadway, where the cable bundles are large, and look up towards the towers, then you’ll see the cable bundles are smaller.

From the road, afar, the cables look like thin ropes. This says otherwise.

Photos courtesy of New York State Thruway Authority.

metal-strand

The cable strand stay on right is shielded in plastic and internally oil filled, and the one on the left is what it looks like inside and what contains them.

I’d like to know what you think.

Copyright © Janie Rosman and Kaleidoscope Eyes 2016

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