Mine Shaft Wire Rope Sockets - Certification Program at the Materials Testing Lab, Sudbury, Ontario

CIM Montreal 2003
Abstract The paper will outline historically the different materials used for pouring sockets and illustrate the current trend due to inherent advantages. A section will be devoted to engineering stress analysis showing the criteria necessary for the wires not to slip inside the poured socket material. The Ontario Mining Regulations pertaining to poured sockets will be reviewed with emphasis on the acceptable type of sockets depending on usage.

In addition the paper will review the proper socket preparation techniques and explain the destructive testing conducted at the Materials Testing Lab essential for the certification requirements. In conclusion the paper will show the importance of the Certification Program for the safety of Miners working in Ontario, Canada and the World.
Keywords: Sockets, Wire rope, Mine shaft, Destructive testing, Mining Regulations, Certification
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