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Section: New Results

Inverse design of a suspended elastic rod

Participants : Florence Bertails-Descoubes, Victor Romero.

In collaboration with Alexandre Derouet-Jourdan (OLM Digital, Japan) and Arnaud Lazarus (UPMC, Laboratoire Jean le Rond d'Alembert), we have investigated the inverse design problem of a suspended elastic subject to gravity. We have proved that given an arbitrary space curve, there exists a unique solution for the natural configuration of the rod, which is independent of the initial framing of the input curve. Moreover, this natural configuration can be easily computed by solving three linear ODEs in sequence, starting from any input framing. This work has just been submitted for publication in physics.