New phenomena in nonlinear elastic structures: from tensile buckling to configurational forces
The theory of the planar elastica is presented in detail and is used to illustrate problems of buckling of a slender structure under tensile dead loading, of buckling as related to constraint’s curvature, and of configurational forces. These problems are important tools in the design of compliant mechanisms, in the emergent field of soft robotics and for the understanding of snake and fish locomotion.
KeywordsCritical Load Total Potential Energy Elastic System Elastic Structure Dead Load
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