Following a brief outline of the method of virtual power, the local equations of motion for a Cosserat surface with inextensible directors are derived by means of this method. The model obtained coincides with the results derived from three-dimensional theory by Simo and Fox. Subsequently the model is extended so as to account for deformable directors. Besides the linear-momentum and moment-of-momentum balance equations, one additional scalar equation is derived. This equation replaces the director-momentum balance equation of Naghdi and therefore eliminates the necessity of introducing constitutive restrictions. The equivalence between the model derived by the virtual-power method and the results from the direct method of Naghdi are finally noted.

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