Large displacement analysis for ideally flexible sails

O. Le Maître*, J. E. Souza De Cursi, S. Huberson

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We consider the equilibrium of a sail under a given aerodynamic field of external forces. The sail is considered to be an ideally flexible structure, having the behaviour of a network of stress unilateral strings: all the internal efforts are traction efforts. This model leads to a Non Convex Optimisation Problem and a complete theory can be established, leading to relevant results of uniqueness for the field of stresses, even if configurations of equilibrium are not unique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)619-636
Number of pages18
JournalEuropean Journal of Mechanics, A/Solids
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Materials Science
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • General Physics and Astronomy


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