Foldable cones as a framework for nonrigid origami

I. Andrade-Silva, M. Adda-Bedia, Marcelo A. Dias

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The study of origami-based mechanical metamaterials usually focuses on the kinematics of deployable structures made of an assembly of rigid flat plates connected by hinges. When the elastic response of each panel is taken into account, novel behaviors take place, as in the case of foldable cones (f-cones): circular sheets decorated by radial creases around which they can fold. These structures exhibit bistability, in the sense that they can snap through from one metastable configuration to another. In this work, we study the elastic behavior of isometric f-cones for any deflection and crease mechanics, which introduce nonlinear corrections to a linear model studied previously. Furthermore, we test the inextensibility hypothesis by means of a continuous numerical model that includes both the extended nature of the creases, stretching and bending deformations of the panels. The results show that this phase-field-like model could become an efficient numerical tool for the study of realistic origami structures.
Original languageUndefined/Unknown
Article number033003
Number of pages1
JournalPhysical Review E
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - 23 Sep 2019


  • polymers & soft matter
  • Condensed Matter & Materials Physics
  • thin films
  • actuating materials
  • bending
  • elastic deformation
  • Origami & Kirigami

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