|Title||The effect of gravity on a slender loop structure|
|Publication Type||Conference Paper|
|Year of Publication||2016|
|Authors||LN Virgin, RH Plaut, and EV Cartee|
|Conference Name||Conference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series|
© The Society for Experimental Mechanics, Inc. 2016. The deformation and vibration of vertical, highly flexible loops are investigated primarily from an experimental perspective. Both upright and hanging loops are considered with a small clamped length. The effects of self-weight on the loop static deformation and lowest frequency for in-plane symmetric vibrations are determined. Good agreement is attained between some theoretical results (based on an inextensible elastica model) and the experimental data. An interesting phenomenon of adjacent, co-existing solutions is also described.