Geometry design and in-plane compression performance of novel origami honeycomb material

Ruijun Ma, Meng Li, Yixiang Xu, Marco Meloni, Jian Feng, Jianguo Cai

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Origami is widely used for honeycombs to improve mechanical behavior. This research presents an origami-honeycomb material based on the assembly of Miura patterns. Firstly, the geometry stacking scheme and rigid folding mechanism are discussed. Secondly, the in-plane compression behavior of the proposed origami-honeycomb is experimentally and numerically investigated. Its performance is then compared with a hexagonal honeycomb. Both results show that the origami-honeycomb outperforms the conventional honeycomb in terms of in-plane compression strength and energy absorption behavior. Subsequently, deformation mode and energy efficiency ratio are obtained to illustrate the mechanical behavior. A parametric analysis is also conducted by employing finite element simulations. Finally, the analytical model of the proposed origami honeycomb is built to estimate the gather strain and plateau stress.

Original languageEnglish
Article number110111
JournalThin-Walled Structures
Publication statusPublished - Dec 2022


  • Finite element analysis
  • Honeycomb
  • In-plane compression
  • Origami

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Building and Construction
  • Mechanical Engineering


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