Exact formulations of non-linear planar and spatial Euler-Bernoulli beams with finite strains

M. H. Abedinnasab, H. Zohoor, Y. J. Yoon

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Using Hamilton's principle, exact equations of motion for non-linear planar and spatial Euler-Bernoulli beams are derived. In the existing non-linear Euler-Bernoulli beam formulations, some elastic terms are dropped by differentiation from the incomplete Green-Lagrange strain tensor followed by negligible elastic deformations of cross-sectional frame. On the other hand, in this article, the exact strain field concerning considerable elastic deformations of cross-sectional frame is used as a source in differentiations. As a result, the achieved closed-form equations are exact and more accurate than formerly reported equations in the literature. Moreover, the applicable dynamic model of inextensional beams which is fully accurate, yet simple has been shown. The planar and inextensional dynamic models have been compared with the existing dynamic models in the literature, and the proposed dynamic models demonstrate significant improvements in the numerical results. Finally, experiments on the carbon fibre rods verify the model presented for inextensional beams.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1225-1236
Number of pages12
JournalProceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science
Issue number5
StatePublished - May 2012
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanical Engineering


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