Dal Corso, Francesco;
Configurational Forces on Elastic Structures.
In: Rega, Giuseppe, (ed.)
50+ Years of AIMETA. A Journey Through Theoretical and Applied Mechanics in Italy.
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The discovery of configurational forces acting on elastic structures and its initial applications are reviewed. Configurational forces are related to the possibility that an elastic structure can change its configuration, thus inducing a variation in the potential energy. This concept has already led to several applications (the elastica arm scale, the dripping of an elastic rod, and the torsional actuator), has been shown to strongly affect stability, and to be related to limbless locomotion. It is believed that these results will open a new research territory in mechanics.
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