Pattern switching in soft cellular solids under compression

T Mullin, S Willshaw, F Box

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It is becoming increasingly recognized that nonlinear phenomena give an opportunity to provide robust control of the properties of soft metamaterials. A class of elastic instabilities are discussed which arise when a soft cellular material is compressed. The global nature of the induced pattern switch makes it a prime candidate for controlling macroscopic photonic and auxetic properties of the material. We demonstrate the robustness of the phenomena using a range of soft materials and show how the shape of the repeat unit of the periodic pattern can be used to influence the global characteristics of the soft solid.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)4951-4955
Number of pages5
JournalSoft Matter
Issue number20
Publication statusPublished - 2013


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