In-plane mechanics of a novel zero Poisson’s ratio honeycomb core

Jian Huang, Xiaobo Gong, Quihua Zhang, Fabrizio Scarpa*, Yanju Liu, Jinsong Leng

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This work presents a novel zero in-plane Poisson's ratio honeycomb design for large out-of-plane deformations and morphing. The novel honeycomb topology is composed by two parts that provide separate in-plane and out-of-plane deformations contributions. The hexagonal component generates the out-of-plane load-bearing compression and in-plane compliance, while a thin plate part that connects the hexagonal section delivers the out-of-plane flexibility. The paper illustrates the in-plane mechanical properties through a combination of theoretical analysis, FE homogenization and experimental tests. Parametric analyses are also carried out to determine the dependence of the in-plane stiffness versus the geometric parameters that define the zero-ν honeycomb.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)67-76
Number of pages10
JournalComposites Part B: Engineering
Early online date30 Nov 2015
Publication statusPublished - 15 Mar 2016


  • Honeycomb
  • Mechanical properties
  • Analytical modelling
  • Mechanical testing


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