Hi there, first post on these forums. I have a seemingly simply question about beam bending. We (mechanical engineers) are all very familiar with the standard beam bending scenario. The beams are always shown being loaded perpendicular to the neutral axis, regardless of the type of support. My question is, what is the method of solving a beam loaded parallel to the neutral axis? (See attachment) The image depicts a beam being pulled by a rope, lets say. The interesting part of it is that as the beam deflects, the moment arm of the load begins to grow with respect to the support. Any suggestions as to how to solve such a thing without resorting to computer modeling? I'm really just looking for the beginnings of an approach so that I can work it out for myself, but I'm on the fence as to where to begin. Any thoughts appreciated!