Acoustic Wave Guiding by Reconfigurable Tessellated Arrays

Chengzhe Zou, Danielle T. Lynd, Ryan L. Harne

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The reconfiguration of origami tessellations is a prime vehicle to harness for adapting system properties governed by a structural form. While the knowledge of mechanical property changes associated with origami tessellation folding has been extensively built up, the opportunities to integrate other physics into a framework of tessellated, adaptive structures remain to be fully exploited. Acoustics appears to be a prime domain to marry with origami science. Specifically, deep technical analogies are revealed between wave-guiding properties achieved via digital methods that virtually reposition array elements and the actual repositioning of facets by folding origami-inspired tessellations. Here we capitalize on this analogy to investigate acoustic arrays established upon facet layouts of origami-inspired tessellations. We show that a concept of reconfigurable tessellated arrays may guide waves more effectively than traditional digitally phased arrays using fewer transducer elements. Moreover, we show that the refinement of tessellated arrays trends to the ideal case of classical wave radiators or receivers grounded in principles of geometrical acoustics. By linear wave physics shared among myriad scientific disciplines and across orders of magnitude in length scale, these discoveries may cultivate numerous opportunities for wave-guiding adaptive structures inspired by low-dimensional origami tessellations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number014009
JournalPhysical Review Applied
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 10 2018

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)


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