The Shape of a Cable Under its Self Weight is

By Aina Parasher|Updated : July 22nd, 2022

The shape of a cable under its self weight is

  1. Parabolic
  2. Elliptical
  3. Catenary
  4. Circular

Answer: C. Catenary

The shape of a cable under its self weight is catenary.

Solution

Cable resists tension only. It takes the shape of a catenary to self-weight. The cable takes the shape of a parabola when horizontal udl is externally applied. Hence, the shape of a cable under its self weight is catenary.

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