# A problem about virtual work principle

1. Sep 25, 2014

### athosanian

hello, I want to apply the virtual work principle to a continuous mechanical system to derive equilibrium equation, naemly, a long thin bar with one end fixed in the wall and other end applied with pressure P. but I can not derive the correct equilibrium equations. I hope some expert could give some advice.
my thhinking is shown below:

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2. Sep 26, 2014

### voko

Obviously, if the two terms from (4) result in $T \delta u |_0^L = 0$, which gives you no condition on $T$ because $\delta u(0) = \delta u(L) = 0$, it is the neglected third term that you must take into account.