Tensioning systems are widely used in offshore operations and typically consist of a number of sheaves and a wire. Even though the tensioning system consists
of simple mechanical components, the dynamics of a such system is quite complex due to compliance and mass of the wire, contact between wire and sheaves, friction in sheaves and highly nonlinear behavior of the gas accumulators.
This article describes a model of a tensioning system developed with the Belt Drives library in combination with the Planar Mechanics library both
available in SimulationX® release 3.5.