# Lateral Deflection

Written by Jerry Ratzlaff on . Posted in Classical Mechanics

Lateral deflection is when a flex connector is bent off it's centerline and both of it's ends are parallel to each other.

## formula

$$l = \sq {6 rT+T^2}$$

$$l_p = \sq {l^2-T^2}$$

Where:

$$l$$ = live hose length

$$l_p$$ = projected live hose length (inches)

$$r$$ = minimum centerline bend radius for constant flexing (inches)

$$T$$ = offset motion to one side of centerline (inches)

### notes

• When the offset motion occures to both sides of the hose centerline: $$2$$ times $$T$$
• The offset distance "$$R$$" for constant flexing should never exceed 25% of the centerline bend radius "$$r$$".
• If the distance "$$l$$" and "$$l_p$$" is significant, take care at installation to avoid stress on the hose and braid at the maximum offset distance.