A cellular kirigami morphing wingbox concept

Kazuya Saito, Fabio Agnese, Fabrizio Scarpa

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This study introduces the design and manufacturing of a wingbox based on a cellular hexagonal morphology and produced using kirigami techniques. The wingbox is manufactured in autoclave-cured woven Kevlar fabric using ply-cutting patterns designed around an airfoil profile. The cellular wingbox can be completely or partially folded, providing some shape-adapting capabilities for possible morphing applications. A numerical and analytical evaluation of the torsional stiffness of the wingbox with novel elastomeric face skins is also performed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)935-944
Number of pages10
JournalJournal of Intelligent Material Systems and Structures
Issue number9
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2011
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Materials Science(all)
  • Mechanical Engineering


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