The importance of visual inspection for Ropeway ropes
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A dramatic incident athe the Schilthorn, a renowned ski area in Switzerland, almost ended up in a fatal disaster.The sudden loss of more than 50% of the metallic cross-section of a locked coil track rope due to deterioration mechanism unknown within rope and ropeway professional circles (Hydrogen Induced Stress Corrosion Cracking "HISCC"), roused the whole ropeway community. Thorough visual inspections subsequently carried out on aerial trams of similar build, brought to light the existence of surface damage in an unexpected high number of track ropes. The current paper: summarizes briefly the ...