An analysis of bending stresses in flexible cables has been carried out. It has been found that stresses which arise due to fixity at the boundaries or other points of discontinuity, decay in an exponential manner from such boundaries, similar to the edge effect solutions of shell theory. Such a phenomenon makes it possible to analyze a finite cable of sufficient length using solutions which are applicable only to infinite or very long cables. In this way the cumbersome but otherwise exact solutions of the elastica are replaced by much simpler ones of sufficient engineering accuracy. The term “sufficient length” is defined as part of the analysis.

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