Manufacture of arbitrary cross-section composite honeycomb cores based on origami techniques

Kazuya Saito, Sergio Pellegrino, Taketoshi Nojima

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As observed in the design of antenna reflectors and rocket bodies, both flat and 3D-shaped honeycomb cores are used in the field of aerospace engineering. This study illustrates a new strategy to fabricate arbitrary cross-section honeycombs with applications of advanced composite materials by using the concept of the kirigami honeycomb, which is made from single flat sheets and has periodical slits resembling origami. The authors also describe a method of applying this technique to advanced composite materials. Applying the partially soft composite techniques, 3D shaped composite honeycombs are manufactured, and some typical samples are shown with their folding line diagrams.

Original languageEnglish
Article number051011
JournalJournal of Mechanical Design, Transactions Of the ASME
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2014
Externally publishedYes

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design


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