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Discrete Cosserat Rod Kinematics Constructed on the Basis of the Difference Geometry of Framed Curves - Pt.I: Discrete Cosserat Curves on a Staggered Grid

: Linn, J.


Journal of elasticity 139 (2020), No.2, pp.177-236
ISSN: 0374-3535 (Print)
ISSN: 1573-2681 (Online)
Journal Article
Fraunhofer ITWM ()

The theory of Cosserat rods provides versatile models to simulate large spatial deformations of slender flexible structures. As the strain measures of the mechanical theory are given in terms of the differential invariants of Cosserat curves, the kinematics of Cosserat rods is closely related to the differential geometry of framed curves. We utilize ideas from the difference geometry of framed curves in Euclidean space to construct the discrete kinematics of Cosserat rod models on a staggered grid, preserving the essential geometric properties independent of the coarseness of the discretization.