Double‐spirals offer the development of pre‐programmable modular metastructures

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Jafarpour, M., Gorb, S.N. and Rajabi, H. (2023). Double‐spirals offer the development of pre‐programmable modular metastructures. Advanced Engineering Materials. 25 (13), p. 2300102. https://doi.org/10.1002/adem.202300102
AuthorsJafarpour, M., Gorb, S.N. and Rajabi, H.
Abstract

Metamaterials with adjustable, sometimes unusual properties offer advantages over conventional materials with predefined mechanical properties in many technological applications. A group of metamaterials, called modular metamaterials or metastructures, are developed through the arrangement of multiple, mostly similar building blocks. These modular structures can be assembled using prefabricated modules and reconfigured to promote efficiency and functionality. Here, we developed a novel modular metastructure by taking advantage of the high compliance of pre-programmable double-spirals. First, we simulated the mechanical behavior of a four-module metastructure under tension, compression, rotation, and sliding using the finite-element method. Then, we used 3D printing and mechanical testing to illustrate the tunable anisotropic and asymmetric behavior of spiral-based metastructures in practice. Our results show the simple reconfiguration of the presented metastructure toward the desired functions. The mechanical behavior of single double-spirals and the characteristics that can be achieved through their combinations make our modular metastructure suitable for various applications in robotics, aerospace, and medical engineering.

KeywordsCondensed Matter Physics; General Materials Science
Year2023
JournalAdvanced Engineering Materials
Journal citation25 (13), p. 2300102
PublisherWiley
ISSN1438-1656
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Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1002/adem.202300102
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