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I am a graduate student studying the ecology of a Caribbean soft coral. This coral reproduces asexually by breaking off fragments; these fragments then start new colonies. In some branches, there is a constriction which facilitates breaking. I have tried to find an explanation and/or an equation to explain the stresses and strains that occur. So far I have only been able to find equations for beams with a constant cross- section. Is there an equation that takes into account the failure of a beam with a constriction near the base?
Re: Equation for the bending in a beam w/ a constriction?
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