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Force Calculations / Tension Calculations / Sag Calculations

First we look at the practical aspects!

Numerous tests in practice have shown that the following formulas compute the actual values to a large degree of accuracy. Measurements of many longlines set up with the measuring equipment resulted in only very slight deviations from the calculated results. Therefore, you can rely on these formulas for the most part, but you should also keep in mind that deviations and errors are possible.

All data and formulas are given without guarantee or claim of completeness!


Formula to calculate the current tension in a rigged slackline:

Three factors will give you the basis to calculate the appoximate tension on the slackline (the formula is valid for every slackline!). First, you need to know the exact length of the slackline (the distance between the anchor points/trees) and also the sag in the middle when under a load of a certain weight (a slackliner, for example).

(Weight in kg : Sag in m) x Length in m   = approx. tension in daN (kg)


For example a 100m long slackline, which has 1.2m sag in the middle under the weight of a 75kg Slackliner.

((75 : 1,2) x 100) : 4 = 6250 : 4 = approx.. 1560daN (kg) Tension

This means that this 15kN (1,5t) force is also working on every anchor point/tree! This tension is also on the line regardless of whether a slackliner is walking. Agains the wide-spread misconception that the tension of the line more than doubles or even increases substantially, in reality it makes hardly any difference whatsoever with such a high pre-tension. The load does not increase by more than the actual weight of the slackliner!

It is, however, a bit different with shorter slacklines (Tricklines) with less tension and a dynamic load. When you jump on the slackline with, for example, 500daN pre-tension, you can eaisily more than double the tension on the line!


Formula for the computation of sag with a specific tension:

You can calculate the sag in a slackline from three factors (this formula is valid for all slacklines!). You need to know the exact length of the line (the distance between the anchor points/trees), the desired tension in daN(kg), and the weight of the slackliner who will be walking.

Weight in kg   = approx. sag in the middle in meters

(Tension in daN (kg) : Length in m) x 4

For example, a 100m long slackline with 15kN tension, that is loaded with a 75kg Slackliner in the middle:
75 : ((1500 : 100) x 4) = 75 : 60 = approx. 1,25m sag in the middle

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