Self-Induced Curvature in an Internally Loaded Peridynamic Fiber
A straight fiber with nonlocal forces that are independent of bond strain is considered. These internal loads can either stabilize or destabilize the straight configuration. Transverse waves with long wavelength have unstable dispersion properties for certain combinations of nonlocal kernels and internal loads. When these unstable waves occur, deformation of the straight fiber into a circular arc can lower its potential energy in equilibrium. The equilibrium value of the radius of curvature is computed explicitly.