# Bollard Force

## Bollard rope friction - load and effort force in the rope

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Bollards are common on quays and used to moore ships and boats. By turning a rope around a pole the effort force required to hold the load force can be reduced dramatically.

The effort force in a rope around a bollard can be calculated as

S = F e^{-(μ αrad)}(1)

where

S = effort force in the rope (N, lb)

F = load force (N, lb_{f})

e = 2.718..

μ = friction coefficient (approximately 0.3 - 0.5 is common for a rope around a steel or cast iron bollard)

α_{rad}= 2παangle where the rope is in contact with the bollard (radians)_{degrees}/ 360 =

=α_{degrees}angle where the rope is in contact with the bollard (degrees)

### Angle - turns, degrees and radians

- 1/4 turn :
*90 degrees => α = 1/2 π* - 1/2 turn :
*180 degrees => α = π* - 1 turn :
*360 degrees => α = 2 π* - 2 turns :
*720 degrees => α = 4 π*

### Example - A rope with One turn around a Bollard

One turn equals to *360 degrees* or *2 π* radians. With a friction coefficient of *0.5* the effort force in the rope can be calculated as

S = F e^{-(0.5 2 π)}

= 0.043 F (N)

One turn around the bollard reduces the required effort force to less than *5%* of the load force.

### Example - Shoring a ship

The retardation (negative acceleration) of a ship arriving at quay with velocity *0.05 m/s* and stopped within *2 seconds*, can be calculated as

a = dv/dt (2)

= (0.05 m/s) / (2 s)

* = 0.025 (m/s ^{2})*

With a mass of *20000 kg* the required force in the rope from the ship can be calculated as

F = m a (3)

= (20000 kg) (0.025 m/s^{2})

* = 500 N*

The required effort force with a half turn around a bollard (*180 degrees* or *π* radians) with a friction coefficient of *0.4* can be calculated as

S = (500 N) e^{-0.4 π}

= 142 (N)^{ }

The Effort Force - Load Force ratio for various rope angles are indicated in the chart below:

- friction coefficient
*0.5*

### Friction around a Pole Calculator

This calculator is based on equation and can be used to calculate the effort force in ropes turned around poles or bollards. Note that the calculator use degrees for turns.

*load (N, lb _{f})*

f*riction coefficient*

* angle where the rope is in contact* with the pole (degrees)

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