Inserted: 14 feb 2023
Last Updated: 28 nov 2023
Journal: Bollettino dell Unione Matematica Italiana
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.