Steady Motions of a Drawn Cable

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O. M. O’Reilly

Department of Mechanical Engineering, University of California at Berkeley, Berkeley, CA 94720-1740

J. Appl. Mech 63(1), 180-189 (Mar 01, 1996) (10 pages) doi:10.1115/1.2787196 History: Received December 09, 1993; Revised November 23, 1994; Online October 26, 2007


The steady motions of nonlinearly elastic and inextensible strings which are being drawn between two fixed points and are subject to a gravitational load are examined. It is shown that, dependent on the boundary conditions, constitutive equations and a reference drawing speed, multiple co-existant steady motions are possible in certain situations. Using a variational method, stability criteria are also established for some of these motions.

Copyright © 1996 by The American Society of Mechanical Engineers
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