Fiber rope

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Three-strand twisted natural fiber rope

Fiber rope is rope made from fiber.[1] Many different types of fiber, from plants or plastics, are twisted together to form yarns. A number of yarns are then fabricated into strands. And rope is finally made from a quantity of strands.

Classification of fiber[edit]

Vegetable and synthetic fiber[2] are the most common fibers used to make rope.[1]

Vegetable fiber[edit]

Vegetable fibers mainly include sisal, hemp, abaca (known as Manila), henequen, cotton, jute and coir. Heavy rope tends to be made from the first four.

Synthetic fiber[edit]

Nylon is the most common type of synthetic fiber used in rope making. Usually the tensile strength of nylon is almost three times of vegetable fiber. The waterproof character of nylon can work well in moist conditions. Rope made of nylon can stop rot, fungus growth, decay and abrasion also.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Jr, John V. Noel (1988-12-15). Knight's Modern Seamanship. John Wiley & Sons. ISBN 9780471289487. 
  2. ^ The United States Army (2007). Army Field Manual FM 5-125 (Rigging Techniques, Procedures and Applications). Publishing. ISBN 1-4209-2830-9. 

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