Multi-field responsive origami structures: Preliminary modeling and experiments

Saad Ahmed, Carlye Lauff, Adrienne Crivaro, Kevin McGough, Robert Sheridan, Mary I. Frecker, Paris R. Vonlockette, Zoubeida Ounaies, Timothy William Simpson, Jyh Ming Lien, Rebecca Anne Strzelec

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Abstract

The use of origami principles to create 3-dimensional shapes has the potential to revolutionize active material structures and compliant mechanisms. Active origami structures can be applied to a broad range of areas such as reconfigurable aircraft and deployable space structures as well as instruments for minimally invasive surgery. Our current research is focused on dielectric elastomer (DE) and magneto active elastomer (MAE) materials to create multi-field responsive structures. Such multi-field responsive structures will integrate the DE and MAE materials to enable active structures that fold/unfold in different ways in response to electric and/or magnetic field. They can also unfold either as a result of eliminating the applied field or in response to the application of an opposite field. This concept is demonstrated in a folding cube shape and induced locomotion in the MAE material. Two finite element models are developed for both the DE and MAE materials and validated through physical testing of these materials. The models are then integrated to demonstrate multi-field responses of a bi-fold multi-field responsive structure. The bifold model is designed to fold about one axis in an electric field and a perpendicular axis in a magnetic field. Future modeling efforts and research directions are also discussed based on these preliminary results.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication37th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference
PublisherAmerican Society of Mechanical Engineers
ISBN (Print)9780791855942
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2013
EventASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2013 - Portland, OR, United States
Duration: Aug 4 2013Aug 7 2013

Publication series

NameProceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference
Volume6 B

Other

OtherASME 2013 International Design Engineering Technical Conferences and Computers and Information in Engineering Conference, IDETC/CIE 2013
CountryUnited States
CityPortland, OR
Period8/4/138/7/13

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Modeling and Simulation
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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    Ahmed, S., Lauff, C., Crivaro, A., McGough, K., Sheridan, R., Frecker, M. I., Vonlockette, P. R., Ounaies, Z., Simpson, T. W., Lien, J. M., & Strzelec, R. A. (2013). Multi-field responsive origami structures: Preliminary modeling and experiments. In 37th Mechanisms and Robotics Conference (Proceedings of the ASME Design Engineering Technical Conference; Vol. 6 B). American Society of Mechanical Engineers. https://doi.org/10.1115/DETC2013-12405