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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
Figure 1. A side view of a simply supported beam (top) bending under a distributed lateral load (bottom).

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

In engineering mechanics, bending (also known as flexure) characterizes the behavior of a structural element subjected to a lateral load. A structural element subjected to bending is known as a beam.

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

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