Analytical modeling and design of negative stiffness honeycombs

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Negative stiffness honeycombs (NSHs) have multiple advantages compared to traditional honeycomb structures. These advantages include recoverable elastic buckling, shock absorption, and vibration isolation. As a result, NSHs have great potential in applications such as acoustic wave guiding, shape morphing, design of impact-protection devices and robotic grippers. In this paper, we present a design methodology for metamaterial consisting of negative stiffness beams assembled in a honeycomb structure. Based on analytical results, our methodology allows designing NSH mesostructures with predetermined buckling sequence. An NSH prototype was designed based on our algorithm and fabricated using a 3D printer with a nylon filament. The validity of our approach was experimentally verified by performing displacement controlled compression force measurements. Our methodology gives the ability to design NSH mesostructures with desired force-displacement characteristics.

Original languageEnglish
Article number045024
JournalSmart Materials and Structures
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2020


  • beam buckling
  • design methodology
  • negative stiffness honeycomb
  • predetermined buckling sequence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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