*preprint*

**Inserted:** 14 feb 2023

**Year:** 2023

**Abstract:**

We introduce a modified Kirchhoff-Plateau problem adding an energy term to penalize shape modifications of the cross-sections appended to the elastic midline. We prove the existence of minimizers applying the Direct Method of the Calculus of Variations. Then, choosing three different geometrical shapes for the cross-section, we derive Euler-Lagrange equations for a planar version of the Kirchhoff-Plateau problem. We show that in the physical range of the parameters, there exists a unique critical point satisfying the imposed constraints. Finally, we analyze the effects of the surface tension on the shape of the cross-sections at the equilibrium.