The deformed configurations of an inflated flat nonlinear membrane are obtained by the minimum potential energy principle. The deformed configurations of the membrane are assumed to be represented by a series of geometric admissible functions with unknown coefficients. The unknown coefficients that minimize the total potential energy of the deformed membrane are determined by Fletcher and Powell’s [1] method. The strain-energy-density function for the numerical calculations is assumed to have the Mooney form. The results for a particular case when the Mooney membrane reduces to the neo-Hookean membrane, agree with the previous results obtained by numerical integration of the corresponding equilibrium equations.

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