|How Does Readirope® Really Work? A quick Physics lesson will reveal the answer:
A) Pascal's Principle: Henri Pascal, the French scientist, discovered relationships between forces and fluids which became known as "Pascal's Principle" or "Pascal's Law." Simply stated, Pascal's Law says: "A force placed on a confined fluid is transmitted undiminished throughout." Therefore, if we squeeze hydraulic fluid with a pump, the system pressure is consistant throughout the entire system. Anywhere one might measure system pressure with a gauge, he or she would find that system pressure is consistant throughout.
B) Obeys the Laws of a Fluid: Readirope® is a solid . . . but it is so soft that it obeys the laws of a fluid. Therefore, when a person places a "string" of Readirope® on two irregular surfaces (under a microscope, a newly-machined surface reveals irregularities) and clamps them together with the maximum recommended force (i.e. 70% of bolt yield strength), we see our "marshmallowy" Readirope® "flow" like a liquid to hydraulically load these irregular surfaces. That is, there is equal pressure along the entire surface of both flanges.
C) Another Law of Physics Completes the Picture: One of the Laws of Physics states that a force acting on a surface is equal to the product of the pressure times the surface exposed to the pressure. For example: A pipe with 500 PSI of pressure within it is sealed at a flange with a 1/8" thick compressed gasket material. The force trying to blow the gasket out would be 500 PSI x 1/8", and the tensile strength of the gasket would hold the pressure back. NOW, if we double the gasket thickness to 1/4", we also double the force trying to blow out the gasket, but we do not double the gasket's tensile strength. Therefore, as the gasket got thicker and thicker, the force would continue to grow relative to the tensile strength of the gasket and eventually blow out the gasket.
D) Readirope® Draws Flanges Down to ZERO: Returning to our Readirope® scenario, let's consider the Physics of the situation: 500 PSI x 0 = ?
This is why we can hold back thousands of PSI in hydraulic force with this "marshmallowy" product.