Variational principle for a special cosserat rod

Dong Sheng Liu* (Corresponding Author), Charles H T Wang

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In this paper, we describe the nonlinear models of a rod in three-dimensional space based on the Cosserat theory. Using the pseudo-rigid body method and variational principle, we obtain the motion equations of a Cosserat rod including shear deformations.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1169-1176
Number of pages8
JournalApplied Mathematics and Mechanics (English Edition)
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - 10 Sept 2009


  • Cosserat theory
  • Rod
  • Variational principle


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