An Alternative Approach to the Symmetrical Top and Slender Member Analysis

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Nels Madsen

Mechanical Engineering Department, Auburn University, Auburn University, AL 36849-3501

J. Appl. Mech 58(2), 593-594 (Jun 01, 1991) (2 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2897231 History: Received December 08, 1988; Revised May 01, 1990; Online March 31, 2008


This Note considers the problem of a symmetrical top under the action of gravity, or analogously the problem of a long, slender, initially straight linearly elastic, circular cross-section member loaded only at its ends. A nonbody fixed coordinate system is used. The standard results are obtained without any explicit reference to a space-fixed coordinate system.

Copyright © 1991 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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