We study the effects of bending on single polarization fiber performance through the use of finite element method in conjunction with the perfectly matched layer (PML) in cylindrical geometry. The cylindrical PML used in this paper allows us to calculate the loss associated with each polarization mode at a given wavelength, specified bending diameter, and specific orientation. We identified a series of bending characteristics of the single polarization fiber by choosing different bending diameters and different orientations. We also conducted experiments to study some aspects of the bending. Good qualitative agreement between numerical and experimental results is found, which helps to understand fiber deployment conditions and can potentially facilitate new design efforts.