The effect of gravity on a slender loop structure

TitleThe effect of gravity on a slender loop structure
Publication TypeConference Paper
Year of Publication2016
AuthorsLN Virgin, RH Plaut, and EV Cartee
Conference NameConference Proceedings of the Society for Experimental Mechanics Series
Date Published01/2016

© 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.