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    Morphing hybrid honeycomb (MOHYCOMB) with in situ Poisson's ratio modulation


    Heath, C, Neville, R, Scarpa, F, Bond, I & Potter, K, 2016, ‘Morphing hybrid honeycomb (MOHYCOMB) with in situ Poisson's ratio modulation’. Smart Materials and Structures, vol 25.


    Electrostatic adhesion can be used as a means of reversible attachment. Through application of high voltage (~2kV) across closely spaced parallel plate electrodes, significant shear stresses (11 kPa) can be generated. The highest levels of electrostatic holding force can be achieved through close contact of connection surfaces; this is facilitated by flexible electrodes which can conform to reduce air gaps. Cellular structures are comprised of thin walled elements, making them ideal host structures for electrostatic adhesive elements. The reversible adhesion provides control of the internal connectivity of the cellular structure, and determines the effective cell geometry. This would offer variable stiffness and control of the effective Poisson’s ratio of the global cellular array. Using copper-polyimide thin film laminates and PVDF thin film dielectrics, double lap shear electrostatic adhesive elements have been introduced to a cellular geometry. By activating different groups of reversible adhesive interfaces, the cellular array can assume four different cell configurations. A maximum stiffness modulation of 450 % between the “All off” and “All on” cell morphologies has been demonstrated. This structure is also capable of in-situ effective Poisson’s ratio variations, with the ability to switch between values of -0.45 and 0.54. Such a structure offers the potential for tuneable vibration absorption (due to its variable stiffness properties), or as a smart honeycomb with controllable curvature and is termed MOHYCOMB (MOrphing HYbrid honeyCOMB).

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