Cantilever Rod in Cross Wind

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C. Y. Wang

Michigan State University, East Lansing, Mich. 48824

J. Appl. Mech 56(3), 639-643 (Sep 01, 1989) (5 pages) doi:10.1115/1.3176140 History: Received March 23, 1988; Revised January 08, 1989; Online July 21, 2009


A thin elastic rod is held at one end in a strong cross wind. The nonlinear large deformation equations are formulated and solved by perturbation and numerical integration. The problem is governed by a nondimensional parameter K representing the relative importance of aerodynamic drag to flexural rigidity. For large K , phenomena such as nonuniqueness, instability, and hysteresis may occur.

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