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Low-Mach-number and slenderness limit for elastic Cosserat rods and its numerical investigation

: Baus, F.; Klar, A.; Marheineke, N.; Wegener, R.


Asymptotic analysis 120 (2020), Nr.1-2, S.103-121
ISSN: 0921-7134
ISSN: 1875-8576
Fraunhofer ITWM ()

This paper deals with the relation of the dynamic elastic Cosserat rod model and the Kirchhoff beam equations. We show that the Kirchhoff beam without angular inertia is the asymptotic limit of the Cosserat rod, as the slenderness parameter (ratio between rod diameter and length) and the Mach number (ratio between rod velocity and typical speed of sound) approach zero, i.e., low-Mach-number–slenderness limit. The asymptotic framework is exact up to fourth order in the small parameter and reveals a mathematical structure that allows a uniform handling of the transition regime between the models. To investigate this regime numerically, we apply a scheme that is based on a Gauss–Legendre collocation in space and an α-method in time.