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Stresses on an elastic band

  1. Sep 29, 2007 #1
    What shape does an elastic band describe when hanging from two opposite points and suspending midway a weight W (causing deformation comparable to the droop without W)?
     
    Last edited: Sep 29, 2007
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  3. Sep 29, 2007 #2
    Are we basically saying that the weight of the elastic band is significant?
     
  4. Sep 29, 2007 #3
    Yes.
     
  5. Sep 30, 2007 #4
    Use the action principle to derive the necessary 2nd order equation? I don't think there's a standard name for it.
     
  6. Sep 30, 2007 #5
    Sounds right, as for a caternary.
     
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