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Bend radius measures the flexibility of materials and is critical for manufacturers in selecting materials that can withstand long-term pressures. It is calculated on pipes, tubes, cables, and other objects to show maximum safe curvature. Bend radius is important for underground utilities to avoid damage to internal components.

A bend radius is the inward force applied to any type of material before it is damaged or unable to maintain its original shape. It is measured by the length an object can be manipulated in a 180-degree turn to form a crude kind of semi-circle, and the calculations are then recorded so that suppliers and workers have a definitive explanation as to the flexibility of the object. Minimum bend radius calculation is a critical component for manufacturers in many different types of industries, because it allows them to select materials that will be able to withstand long-term pressures at a variety of angles when implemented in some of their projects.

To provide a basic example of bend radius and how it is implemented in practical situations, individuals can look at a garden hose and the extreme flexibility it has due to the rubberized materials used to create it. This type of object has a very small radius of curvature as it can be wound in small, tight circular patterns without twisting – overall, it generally makes for a suitable device for supplying water to numerous parts of a courtyard. If the same pipe were made of galvanized steel, the bend radius would be a large figure, as the fixture could only be bent one degree or less per foot or meter. It would take significantly more material for a steel pipe to surround an area than a rubber hose, and contractors use this information to make decisions about what types of products best fit their needs. If flexibility is the primary concern, a small minimum bend radius is sought; if overall strength and stability are the primary goals, a very large bend radius is preferred.

The minimum bend radius is calculated on pipes, tubes, cables and hoses. This also measures plywood, beams, walls and many other types of objects to show maximum safe curvature once installed. Many underground utilities rely heavily on this bending principle to ensure that the rigid outer shell contains enough flex to allow internal cables and components to be moved at a variety of angles while connected to other points on a grid. An oversight of this principle could lead to a state that would allow natural erosion to damage the internal components within them. Because it’s generally expensive to remove miles of underground pipe to locate and repair the faulty section, workers rely heavily on bend radius to avoid these types of errors.

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