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Snapping Mechanical Metamaterials under Tension

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snapping metamaterials

We present a monolithic mechanical metamaterial comprising a periodic arrangement of snapping units with tunable tensile behavior. Under tension, the metamaterial undergoes a large extension caused by sequential snap-through instabilities, and exhibits a pattern switch from an undeformed wavy-shape to a diamond configuration. By means of experiments performed on 3D printed prototypes, numerical simulations, and theoretical modeling, we demonstrate how the snapping architecture can be tuned to generate a range of nonlinear mechanical responses including monotonic, S-shaped, plateau, and non-monotonic snap-through behavior. This work contributes to the development of micro-architectured materials with programmable nonlinear mechanical responses. 

Rafsanjani A, Akbarzadeh AH, Pasini D, Snapping Mechanical Metamaterials under Tension, Advanced Materials 27: 5931-5935 (2015).

 

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