- We formulate the static mechanical coupling of a geometrically exact Cosserat rod
to a nonlinearly elastic continuum. In this setting, appropriate coupling conditions have
to connect a one-dimensional model with director variables to a three-dimensional
model without directors.
Two alternative coupling conditions are proposed,
which correspond to two different configuration trace spaces.
For both we show existence of solutions of the coupled problems, using the direct
method of the calculus of variations. From the first-order optimality conditions
we also derive the corresponding conditions for the dual variables. These are
then interpreted in mechanical terms.