Double‐spirals offer the development of pre‐programmable modular metastructures
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
|Jafarpour, M., Gorb, S.N. and Rajabi, H.
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.
|Condensed Matter Physics; General Materials Science
|Advanced Engineering Materials
|25 (13), p. 2300102
|Digital Object Identifier (DOI)
|04 Apr 2023
|Publication process dates
|29 Mar 2023
|Accepted author manuscript
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