News and Announcements:
PNAS Figure Research on coupled origami tubes published at PNAS. The new "zipper-coupled" origami tubes have one flexible mode through which they can deploy, yet they are substantially stiffer for other types of bending and twisting deformations. These unique mechanical properties could lead to applications of varying scale from architectural canopies (left) to metamaterials (right).       View details, animations and media coverage.
(March 2018) Steven's paper selected as one of four finalists for the ASCE E&S Conference Student Paper Competition. Our paper entitled "Structural Analysis of Curved Folded Deployables" will be presented by Steven at a Plenary Session during the 2018 ASCE Earth and Space Conference April 9-12, in Cleveland, OH.
(Jan 2018) Prof. Filipov receives the 2018 ZF Automotive award for his research proposal on "Energy Dissipation in Cellular Origami: From Passive to Active Crash Protection".
(Aug 2017) Welocome Wo and Steven!!! Steven Woodruff (B.S. Tufts) and Zhongyuan Wo (B.S. Tsinghua) have joined the University of Michigan, and the deployable and reconfigurable structures group as Ph.D. students.
(Jan 2018) Our group receives a grant from the Office of Naval Research (ONR). The grant will allow us to explore curved folded sheets for applications as stiff, anisotropic, and adaptable structures. See detailed story here.
(June 2017) Our paper on Bar and Hinge Models for Origami is published in IJSS. The paper introduced a N5B8 model for modeling origami, and created scaling relationships to define the stretching, bending, and folding of origami sheets. Paper Link and PDF.
(Sept 2017) Prof. Filipov present invited seminar at Notre Dame. The seminar titled “Analysis of Origami Structures and Metamaterials,” and was part of the Department of Civil & Environmental Engineering & Earth Sciences Structures Seminar Series. Thank you Prof. Khandewal for hosting!