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stress made by bending moment
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 elementsubjected to a lateral load (i.e. at right angles to its length).

A structural element subjected to bending is known as a beam.

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

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