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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
  2. jcsd
  3. Sep 29, 2007 #2
    Are we basically saying that the weight of the elastic band is significant?
  4. Sep 29, 2007 #3
  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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