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Solid mechanics
Stress · Deformation
Finite strain · Infinitesimal strain
Elasticity (linear) · Plasticity
Bending · Hooke's law
Failure theory
Fracture mechanics
Frictionless/Frictional Contact mechanics
1) A simple beam 2) A simple beam with a uniform load

This article is about the structural behavior. For other meanings see Bending (disambiguation).

In engineering and mechanics, bending (also known as flexure) characterizes the behavior of a structural element subjected to a lateral load (i.e. at right angles to its length).

A structural element subjected to bending is known as a beam. Stiffness is its ability to resist bending.

A closet rod sagging under the weight of clothes is an example of a beam experiencing bending.

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