Mechanical Metamaterials

We investigate the physics and design of mechanical metamaterial, intricately sculpted  materials with properties set by their architecture. We focus on complex metamaterials, that can be (re)programmed, that are multifunctional, or that are active, and connect the physics of soft and frustrated matter to soft robotics and design.  In our group we combine experiments, simulations, theory and design.

 

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Recent Highlights

 

A nonlinear beam model to describe the postbuckling of wide neo-Hookean beams

   

JMPS

 Luuk A. Lubbers, Martin van Hecke, Corentin Coulais   106 191-206

 

 

Contact Changes of Sheared Systems: Scaling, Correlations, and Mechanisms

   

PRE

Merlijn S. van Deen, Brian P. Tighe, and Martin van Hecke   94

062905

 

 

Critically in vibrated Frictional Flows at Finite Strain Rate

   

PRL

Geert Wortel, Olivier Dauchot and Martin van Hecke   117

198002

 

 

Programmable Mechanical Metamaterials: the Role of Geometry

   

Soft Matter

Bastiaan Florijn, Corentin Coulais and Martin van Hecke    12

8736

 

 

Periodic cellular materials with nonlinear elastic homogenized stress-strain response at small strains

   

Int.J. Solids Struct.

Corentin Coulais   97-97

226-238

 

Combinatorial design of textured mechanical
metamaterials

   

Nature

Corentin Coulais, Eial Teomy, Koen de Reus, Yair Shokef & Martin van Hecke   535

529-532

 

Origami building blocks: Generic and special four-vertices

   

PRE

Scott Waitukaitis and Martin van Hecke   93 023003

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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