Origami in engineering is gaining interest for its potential as deployable or shape-adaptive structures. Practical systems could employ a network of actuators distributed across the structure to induce these deformations. Selecting the actuator locations requires an understanding of how the effect of a single actuator propagates spatially in an origami structure. We combine experimental results, finite element analysis, and reduced-order bar-and-hinge models to show how a localized static actuation decays elastically in Miura-ori tubes and sheets. We observe a strain reversal, before the origami structure springs back to the initial configuration further away from the point of actuation. The strain reversal is the result of bending of the facets, while the spring back requires in-plane facet deformations.

Original languageEnglish
Article number025501
Number of pages6
JournalPhysical Review Letters
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 10 Jul 2019

Structured keywords

  • Bristol Composites Institute ACCIS


  • Elastic deformation
  • Numerical approximation & analysis
  • Mechanical testing
  • Geometry
  • Finite-element method
  • Elasticity
  • Origami & Kirigami
  • Structural properties

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