Welcome to the Deployable and Reconfigurable Structures Laboratory! 

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    Deployable and Reconfigurable Structures Lab Group. Photo: Joseph Xu/Michigan Engineering, Communications & Marketing

Announcements and News:

(Nov. 2022) Our new paper on “Harnessing Interpretable Machine Learning for Origami Inverse Design” is published on Scientific Reports.

Zhongyuan Wo

(Nov. 2022) Group member Zhongyuan Wo secured 1st place in NSF Student Poster Competition and Honorable Mention in the CONCAM Student Poster Competition at ASME’s IMECE 2022! The title of the poster was Buckling-induced Functionalities in Origami Tubes. Congratulations, Wo!

(Nov. 2022) Group members Evgueni Filipov, Zhongyuan Wo, Yi Zhu, and Hardik Patil presented at the ASME’s International Mechanical Engineering Congress & Exposition (IMECE) 2022.

Zhongyuan Wo

(Oct. 2022) Group member Zhongyuan Wo successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis titled “Harnessing Buckling to Create Functionality in Origami Tubes.” Congratulations, Wo!!

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(Aug. 2022) Welcome, Anan, Anvay, Guowei (Wayne), Jacob, and Kaley! Anan (Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering), Anvay (Ph.D. student in Mechanical Engineering & Scientific Computing), Guowei (Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering), Jacob (Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering), and Kaley (Ph.D. student in Civil Engineering) joined our group!

(Aug. 2022) Our Review Paper on Origami Simulation by Yi Zhu, Mark Schenk, and Evgueni T. Filipov is published in Applied Mechanics Review (Link)

Steven Woodruff

(Jun. 2022) Group member Steven R. Woodruff successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis titled “How Curved Creases Enhance the Stiffness and Enable Shape Morphing of Thin-Sheet Structures.” Congratulations, Steven!!

Yi Zhu

(May. 2022) Group member Yi Zhu successfully defended his Ph.D. thesis titled “An Integrated Framework for Fabrication, Simulation, and Design of Functional Origami.” Congratulations, Yi!!

(May. 2022) The paper: Wo, Z., and Filipov, E.T. (2022) “Locking Zipper-coupled Origami Tubes for Deployable Energy Absorption” was published in the Journal of Mechanical Design. (Link)

Yutong Xia

(Apr. 2022) Group member Yutong Xia successfully defended her Ph.D. thesis titled “Deployment Dynamics of Origami Sheets and Fluidic Tubular Origami Structures.” Congratulations, Yutong!!

(Apr. 2022) The Paper: Woodruff S.R., and Filipov E.T. (2022) “Bending and twisting with a pinch: Shape morphing of creased sheets” was published in Extreme Mechanics Letters. (Link)

(Apr. 2022) The paper: Xia, Y., Kidambi, N., Filipov, E.T., Wang, K.W. (2022) “Deployment Dynamics of Miura Origami Sheets” was published in the Journal of Computational and Nonlinear Dynamics. (Link)

Evgueni Filipov

(Feb. 2022) Dr. Filipov receives the Excellence in CEE Faculty Award from the University of Michigan CEE Department and the 2022 Young Alumni Achievement Award from the CEE Alumni Association at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. (Link)

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(Jan. 2022) The Paper: Wo, Z., and Filipov, E.T. (2022) “Bending Stability of Corrugated Tubes with Anisotropic Frustum Shells” was published in the Journal of Applied Mechanics. (Link)

Yi Zhu

(Dec. 2021) Group member Yi Zhu was awarded the Richard and Eleanor Towner Prize for Outstanding Ph.D. research. (Link)

Origami diagram forming the words SWOMP

(Nov. 2021) The paper: Zhu, Y, & Filipov, ET. “Sequentially Working Origami Multi-Physics Simulator (SWOMPS): A Versatile Implementation.” was published in Proceedings of the ASME 2021 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference. (Link)

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(Oct. 2021) The paper: Redoutey, M., Roy, A., Filipov E.T., (2021) “Pop-up kirigami for stiff, dome-like structures” was published in the International Journal of Solids and Structures. The work presents a design for a pop-up kirigami system that achieves symmetric, positive Gaussian curvature by taking advantage of an internal infinitesimal mechanism. (Link)

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(Aug. 2021) Welcome, Hardik! Hardik Patil (B.Tech., IIT Bombay and M.S.E., U. Michigan) has joined the University of Michigan and the deployable and reconfigurable structures group as a Ph.D. student.

Maria Redoutey

(Jul. 2021) Group member Maria Redoutey was awarded the J. Robert Beyster Computational Innovation Graduate Fellowship. (Link)

Origami diagram

(Jun. 2021) The paper: Yi Zhu, Evgueni T. Filipov, (2021) “Rapid Multi-Physics Simulation for Electro-Thermal Origami Systems” was published in the International Journal of Mechanical Sciences. The work introduces an efficient simulation for electro-thermal active origami. (Link)

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(Jun. 2021) Welcome, Jared, Joseph, Marcela, and Pauline! Jared, Joseph, Marcela, and Pauline are undergraduate students joining the group this summer to work on summer research projects related to origami-inspired structures.

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(Feb. 2021) Group member Maria Redoutey was awarded Honorable Mention at the Engineering Research Symposium. She presented our work on pop-up kirigami structures to the UM College of Engineering community. (Link)

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