It has been numerically observed and mathematically proven that for a clamped Euler’s Elastica, which is uniformly loaded, there exist, in large deformations, some ‘undocumented’ equilibrium configurations which resemble a curled pending wire. Even if Elastica is one of the most studied model in mathematical physics, we could not find in the literature any description of an equilibrium like the one whose existence was forecast theoretically in . In this paper, we prove that this kind of equilibrium configurations can be actually observed experimentally when using ‘soft’ beams. We mean with soft beams: Elasti- cae whose ratio between the applied load intensity and the bending stiffness is large enough. Moreover, we prove experimentally that such equilibrium configurations are actually stable, by observing their oscillations around the considered nonstandard equilibrium configuration. To describe theoretically such oscillations we consider, instead of a ‘soft’ Elastica model, directly a Hencky-type discrete model, i.e. a ‘masses-springs’ finite dimen- sional Lagrangian model. In this way we formulate, avoiding the use of an interme- diate continuum model, a model for which numerical simulations can be performed without the introduction of any further discretization. In this way, we can also pre- dict quantitatively the motions of soft beams, in the regime of large displacements and deformations. Postponing to future investigations more careful quantitative mea- surements, we report here that it was possible to get a rather promising qualitative agreement between observed motions and predictive numerical simulations.
Nonlinear dynamics of uniformly loaded Elastica: Experimental and numerical evidence of motion around curled stable equilibrium configurations / Baroudi, D.; Giorgio, I.; Battist, a. A.; Turco, E.; Igumnov, L. A.. - In: ZEITSCHRIFT FUR ANGEWANDTE MATHEMATIK UND MECHANIK. - ISSN 0044-2267. - (2019). [10.1002/zamm.201800121]