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         nation. An interwoven splice is applicable to any synthetic   of a single cable) by partly untwisting the strands and then
         tensile strength member made of multiple strands, so long   interweaving them. Interwoven splices can be used to form a
         as the strands are arranged in some ordered fashion. Cable   loop or eye on and end of a cable. They may also be used for
         strands are generally braided, twisted, or layed in a helical   joining the ends of two cables together (either directly or by
         fashion. Generally, however braids such as a twelve strand   forming an eye on one cable end that is interlocked with an
         are most common due their ease of splice-ability. A perma-  eye on the other cable end).
         nent joint can be created between two cables (or two parts   In general, a section of completely unwoven strands are
                                                              created on  the  end  of  one  cable  and a section  of  loosened
                                                              (yet not unwoven) strands are created on the end of a second
                                                              cable. The completely unwoven strands on the first cable are
                                                              then woven into the voids between the loosened strands on
                                                              the second cable in a prescribed and repetitive fashion. A
                                                              specified number of weaves are created. Any excess material
                                                              from the unwoven, strands of the first cable is then removed
                                                              and the free ends are secured by any suitable method, such
                                                              as taping or whipping.
                                                               The creation of a proper interwoven splice is a skilled job
                                                              that is customarily carried out by a trained rigging special-
                                                              ist. Fortunately, such specialists are common within the
                                                              industries  needing  high-strength  synthetic  fiber  cabling.
                                                              When properly done, an interwoven splice can be capable of
                                                              maintaining the cable’s full breaking strength.
                                                               The interweaving techniques are very old, as most were
                                                              developed in  the  age of sailing ships.  The  performance  of
                                                              such interwoven splices is well understood and perhaps as
                                                              importantly—very well trusted within the industries where
                                                              they are used. Readers wishing to know more of the details
                                                              of accepted interwoven splicing techniques are referred to
                                                              The Splicing Handbook, 2  Edition, published by interna-
                                                              tional Marine (ISBN 0-07-135438-7). n
          Figure 22: Perspective view, showing a composite cable.
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