Anyone has come accross the problem of a cable deflection (static) under the effects of wind? Iam looking into the problem of the deflection of the electric contact wire of a train (the wire above the train from which it extracts electric energy) under the effects of side winds and I wonder how to model this problem and solve it statically. You may assume the wind is acting uniformally along the cable. One possible solution i thought about is to treat the cable deflection in the same way as a "catenary" which represents the deflection of a chain or cable under its own weight. But Iam not sure...Any help is greatly appreciated...Does anyone know of an expression for cable deflection under uniform load if the cable is fixed at two ends?