The new “zipper-coupled” origami tubes have one flexible mode through which they can deploy, yet they are substantially stiffer for other types of bending and twisting deformations. These unique mechanical properties could lead to applications of varying scale from architectural canopies (left) to metamaterials (right).
This sixth annual Arab-American Frontiers of Science, Engineering, and Medicine Symposium will be hosted in the Kuwait National Library (November 4-6) to discuss leading scientific advances on a wide range of topics. See detailed story here.
Yi Zhu (B.S. Tongji University, M.S. U.C. Berkeley) and Maria Redoutey (B.S. U. Michigan) have joined the Deployable and Reconfigurable Structures Lab as Ph.D. students.
The poster entitled “Geometric Implications for Stress Concentration in Miura Origami,” explores how the geometry plays a fundamental role in the distribution of stresses in such engineering systems.
This Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) project will explore micro-scale origami-inspired systems that can self-assemble, reconfigure, and adapt for new functions. See detailed story here.
The fellowship will support Steven’s novel PhD research on the analysis of curved crease deployable structures. Read the CEE UMich News Story about this accomplishment.
Our paper entitled “Structural Analysis of Curved Folded Deployables” was presented at the 2018 ASCE Earth and Space Conference April 9-12, in Cleveland, OH.