We investigate continuous axial rotation as a mechanism for extending the reach of an elastic rod injected into a horizontal cylindrical constraint, prior to the onset of helical buckling. Our approach focuses on the development of precision desktop experiments to allow for a systematic investigation of three parameters that affect helical buckling: rod rotation speed, rod injection speed, and cylindrical constraint diameter. Within the parameter region explored, we found that the presence of axial rotation increases horizontal reach by as much as a factor of 5, when compared to the nonrotating case. In addition, we develop an experimentally validated theory that takes into account anisotropic friction and torsional effects. Our theoretical predictions are found to be in good agreement with experiments, and our results demonstrate the benefits of using axial rotation for extending reach of a rod injected into a constraining pipe.

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