Self-triggered reconfigurable composite topological mechanical metamaterials

  • Collaborators: PI (Arruda), Co-Is: Tol, Mao, Waas, Bucsek, Gordon, Okwudire.

This research is highly collaborative involving multiple investigators training several students in different departments of the university. Experimental efforts facilitated by DURIP funded equipment will support current DoD work on topological metamaterials with reconfigurable stiffnesses and metadamping. This will be to design high precision space structures assembled by the 3D printed modules of high stiffness, highly dissipative, auxetic/negative thermal expansion metamaterials.

This project is a collaboration among investigators with significant experience in metamaterials, process optimization, advanced control strategies, and characterization of specialized alloys for ongoing and future work in metamaterials. The overall project will advance the education of these students on the topics of metamaterials, their manufacture via advanced additive techniques, and their characterization utilizing existing state-of-the-art full-field methods developed by the investigators such as in-situ magnetic resonance phase imaging of displacement fields and laboratory-scale in-situ high-energy diffraction microscopy.