Pulley system efficiency tests with MAESTRO, I’D S, PRO TRAXION, ROLLCLIP…

Written By: Lance Piatt

There can be a big difference between the theoretical efficiency of a pulley system and its actual efficiency. Here are test results from the Petzl lab.

From Gear In Use 4: Rope Access and Confined Space

1. Efficiency depending on the device used at the head of the system.

The force required to raise a 100 kg mass was tested under several configurations with different devices at the head of the system and with ropes of various diameters.

Test protocol:

– Ropes tested: 7 mm cord, SEGMENT 8 mm, PUSH 9 mm, CLUB 10 mm, PARALLEL 10.5 mm, AXIS 11 mm, VECTOR 12.5 mm.

– Measurements were made with a constant pull rate of 1.5 meters/minute, on new devices and ropes.

– The results are given for information only; in the field there are numerous variables to take into account (position of haul system elements, rope diameter and construction, hauling speed, hauling smoothness, the haul load…).


Note: pulley efficiency ratings in the Instructions for Use are based on values measured with a simple 1:1 directional.

Hauling efficiency F = xx M is the value obtained with the smallest compatible rope diameter for the device.

The pulley efficiency expressed in % is calculated from this value.

Efficiency is always less than 100%, the efficiency of an ideal pulley (impossible in reality).

Example for MAESTRO S: F = 116 M, efficiency = 86%





2. 3:1 haul system efficiency depending on the redirect point used


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