Topological principles for the design of mechanical metamaterials

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Topological principles for the design of mechanical metamaterials

Type: Master thesis
Title: Topological principles for the design of mechanical metamaterials
Author: Meeussen, Anne
Issue Date: 2016-03-31
Keywords: topology
mechanics
metamaterials
design
Abstract: Recent research has shown that it is possible to control the elastomechanical response of topological mechanical metamaterials via topologically localized and protected edge states. Topological principles can in this sense be seen as a novel set of design guidelines that may aid us in the construction of mechanical metamaterials with controllable responses. In this thesis, we strive to investigate and expand the applicability of topological principles for the reliable, simple and response-oriented design of mechanical metamaterials consisting of central force springs, soft polymer beams, and rigid links with shearing constraints.
Supervisor: Vitelli, Vincenzo
Faculty: Faculty of Science
Department: Physics (Master)
Specialisation: Research in Theoretical Physics
ECTS Credits: 8
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/38351
 

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