Equilibrium Configurations of Solid Cohesionless Bodies

  title={Equilibrium Configurations of Solid Cohesionless Bodies},
  author={Keith A. Holsapple},
The bodies of the Solar System exist in a variety of irregular shapes. Studies of those shapes are conducted to infer informa- tion about the internal composition, structure, and history of those bodies. However, such inferences require knowing how the com- position and structure or history relates to the shape and inter- nal forces. That connection is known only for fluid bodies, where the permissible equilibrium states were discovered centuries ago by Newton, Maclaurin, Jacobi, Poincarand… 

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