MY RESEARCH BLOG

September 11, 2019

Actuated structures are best understand by seeing them in action.  Our YouTube Channel hosts videos of some of our devices.  Check it our here to find see what that cube on the front page is gonna do, the magnetic shark tail, crawling devices, origami structures,...

September 11, 2019

The MACS Lab, working in collaboration with Dr. Zoubeida Ounaies (https://www.mne.psu.edu/emcl/)  was awarded $496K from teh National Science Foundation (https://www.nsf.gov) to develop the science underlying a universal 3D printer.  The goal is to find combinations of...

September 11, 2019

Anil Erol graduated with his PhD in Mechanical Engineering in spring 2019!!!! Anil also won a post doctoral research fellowship from the National Research Council.  He will be working at the Wright Patterson Air Force Laboratory.https://www.wpafb.af.mil/afrl/....

February 6, 2019

We have developed a simple mountain-valley folding structure that actuates under oscillating magnetic fields. The structure is capable of large reversible deformations. The images below show a representative finite element simulation as well as a schematic of a kinemat...

February 6, 2019

We are developing composites structures that are responsive to both electric and magnetic fields, as shown in the bifold prototype below comprised of magneto-active elastomer (MAE), dielectric elastomer (DE) and silicone rubber (PDMS). These composites will be able to...

July 30, 2014

We have produced prototype structures for cube structures as well as the Miura-Ori (map) fold, water bombs, and kirigami box folds. The structures use either magneto-active elastomer material or small permanent magnets bonded to polymeric or paper substrates. Read more...

August 1, 2013

Our work in the area began with Magnetorheological elastomers (MREs), a novel class of smart materials comprised of magnetic particles in a non-magnetic rubbery matrix. MREs are able to change their apparent shear stiffness and exhibit some magnetostriction under the i...

June 1, 2013

We are currently investigating an alternating laminate like the one shown simulated. The structure  exhibits "piezomagnetic" behavior. Composites within a range of particle alignments, magnetization alignments, volume fractions, and aspect ratios show uniaxial strain b...

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