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Convergence of equilibria for bending-torsion models of rods with inhomogeneities

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We prove that, in the limit of vanishing thickness, equilibrium configurations of inhomogeneous, three-dimensional non-linearly elastic rods converge to equilibrium configurations of the variational limit theory. More precisely, we show that, as $h\searrow 0$ , stationary points of the energy , for a rod $\Omega _h\subset {\open R}^3$ with cross-sectional diameter h, subconverge to stationary points of the Γ-limit of , provided that the bending energy of the sequence scales appropriately. This generalizes earlier results for homogeneous materials to the case of materials with (not necessarily periodic) inhomogeneities.

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