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TECHNICAL BRIEFS

An Elastic Beam Contained in a Frictionless Channel

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D. P. Vaillette, G. G. Adams

Department of Mechanical Engineering, Northeastern University, Boston, Mass. 02115

J. Appl. Mech 50(3), 693-694 (Sep 01, 1983) (2 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3167118 History: Received December 01, 1982; Revised April 01, 1983; Online July 21, 2009

Abstract

An infinitely long elastic beam, contained within a frictionless and rigid channel, is subjected to axially compressive forces. It is shown that the elastica theory predicts a maximum permissible axial force that can be supported. This critical force is expressed by a very simple relationship involving the flexural rigidity of the beam and the channel width.

Copyright © 1983 by ASME
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