It's a question we're often asked,
especially when customers are deciding between galvanised and stainless steel,
however, it depends on the conditions that are present.
Galvanised steel rope is constructed by
coating the steel with a thin layer of zinc, which protects it against
corrosion and rust. That said, the zinc can begin to wear away, exposing the
steel to the elements, which can result in rust. For example, if your
galvanised steel rope is likely to come into contact with water or salt water,
it's crucial to check it for signs of rust or corrosion. If you do spot any potential
issues, you will need to replace the rope as soon as possible to avoid any
damage to your property or equipment.
The rope's construction also needs to be considered
Many of the galvanised steel rope products
you'll discover online will vary in terms of strands, lays, wires, diameters
and classifications. The most common galvanised steel rope is 7x19, which is
used for many requirements where wire ropes are running over pulleys. At Rope
Services Direct, we offer the following variations:
- 6x12 Fibre Core
- 6x7 Fibre Core
- 6x19 Fibre Core
- 7x7 Wire Core
- 6x24 Fibre Core
Each type of rope has its own benefits, so
it's important to select the most appropriate one for your needs. For example,
a 6x7 galvanised steel rope is more flexible than other options. It is often
used for general purpose applications, while a 7x19 galvanised steel rope is
better suited to heavy-duty tasks.
Keeping a close eye on corrosion
All galvanised wire ropes are subject to a
certain amount of wear and tear over time, however, lubrication can help to
minimise corrosion and rust. The use of a quality rope lubricant can protect
your galvanised steel rope against the elements and reduce friction and wear.
It's important to note that while lubrication can offer some protection, it's
not a cure-all, and you will still need to regularly inspect your wire ropes
for signs of corrosion or damage. Be sure to check for broken wires,
distortions and observable rusting, whilst you may also have to open up the
rope to identify and confirm internal issues.
Whilst galvanises steel can tolerate other
metals, acids and chemicals; it's also capable of withstanding very tough
outdoor elements. Therefore, high quality galvanised steel rope is very
reliable for many applications, such as lifting gear, agriculture, search and
rescue, dockyards, shipping, manufacturing, engineering, construction and
forestry. The added protection from the galvanisation process means that the
steel is less likely to succumb to rust and corrosion, however, it is possible
in certain conditions, so it's always best to check your ropes regularly.
If you have any further questions about
galvanised steel rope or would like to discuss your requirements with our team,
don't hesitate to contact us today