Virtual work laws and continuum mechanics

  • Danilo Capecchi
Part of the Science Networks. Historical Studies book series (SNHS, volume 42)


This chapter is devoted to the use of the VWL in the mechanics of continuous media. In the first part, the pioneering works of Joseph Louis Lagrange and Claude-Louis Navier are presented. In the second part the use of the VWL in the theory of elasticity by Alfred Clebsch is presented. In the final part the Italian school treatments of internal forces as reactions of constrain are presented.


Internal Force Virtual Work Virtual Displacement Continuous Body Virtual Work Principle 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Danilo Capecchi
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  1. 1.Università La SapienzaRomeItaly

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