[2021] Compliant curved-crease origami-inspired metamaterials with a programmable force-displacement

Lee, T.U., Chen, Y., Heitzmann, M.T. and Gattas, J.M., 2021. Materials & Design, p.109859. [Link]

Origami-inspired metamaterials utilise geometric sheet transformations to generate and control novel material mechanical properties. The majority of research effort has been devoted to straight-crease origami-inspired metamaterials, however curved-crease origami, which allows compliant folding and bending behaviours, has significant potential for adoption.

This study proposes a new type of compliant curved-crease origami-inspired metamaterial, constructed with an ‘elastica’ non-zero principal surface curvature. Construction parameters for the new metamaterial are shown to influence a range of non-linear force–displacement response characteristics, including response shape, response duration, and response magnitude. A concise analytical curved-crease bending translation (CCBT) method is developed for rapid response prediction from metamaterial geometric parameters. The CCBT method also then enables the direct design and specification of a metamaterial with a fully programmable compliant force–displacement response.