Hi I have a cable that is fixed at 2 points, and I would like to model the curve that it bends as the two points move together and further away.(adsbygoogle = window.adsbygoogle || []).push({});

In one scenario, the cable is fixed at both ends (one above the other) like a "C".

In the other scenario, both ends are also fixed in clamps, but it is like an "S"

Is there a formula to show what the curves might look like ({x,y} = z), given some stiffness or minimum bend radius? Is the "C" curve like a cosh

or is there some software that might simulate this? do I need finite element analysis? or is there a simplified estimate?

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# How does a cable/ wire bend?

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