Tensegrity cell mechanical metamaterial with metal rubber

Qicheng Zhang, Dayi Zhang*, Yousef Dobah, Fabrizio Scarpa, Fernando Fraternali, Robert Skelton

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We present here a design of the unit cell of a mechanical metamaterial based on the use of a tensegrity structural configuration with a metal rubber. Tensegrity combines the use of compression and tension-only elements, and allows the creation of structures with high rigidity per unit mass. Metal rubber is a multiscale porous metal material with high energy absorption and vibration damping capabilities under compressive load. The combination of the two structural and material concepts gives rise to a mechanical metamaterial with increased energy absorption and tuneable nonlinearity under quasi-static, vibration, and impact loading. We develop prototypes, models, and perform tests under static and dynamic loading conditions to assess the performance of this mechanical metamaterial.

Original languageEnglish
Article number031906
Number of pages5
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number3
Early online date16 Jul 2018
Publication statusPublished - 17 Jul 2018


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