I'm not an engineer but a neuroscientist.
I do research in spinal cord injury whereby a clip is used to clamp the spinal cord to induce a bilateral compression injury model.
My research looks at the differences in the injuries to the neck and lower back spinal cord. The key problem here is that the neck spinal cord is wider in diameter than the lower back cord.
Our clip is 1 mm in width. So my question is, if a 35 gram clip is used to clamp a cord of a smaller diameter, and we wanted to hold the distribution of force equal in a larger cord, would the force increase or decrease?
My logic says that the force must be increased, but when we do a 35 gram injury to the neck cord, all of the animals die so it may be difficult to use force normalization in our particular case.