Tensegrity cell mechanical metamaterial with metal rubber Academic Article uri icon


  • © 2018 Author(s). We present here a design of the unit cell of a mechanical metamaterial based on the use of a tensegrity structural configuration with a metal rubber. Tensegrity combines the use of compression and tension-only elements, and allows the creation of structures with high rigidity per unit mass. Metal rubber is a multiscale porous metal material with high energy absorption and vibration damping capabilities under compressive load. The combination of the two structural and material concepts gives rise to a mechanical metamaterial with increased energy absorption and tuneable nonlinearity under quasi-static, vibration, and impact loading. We develop prototypes, models, and perform tests under static and dynamic loading conditions to assess the performance of this mechanical metamaterial.

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  • 3

author list (cited authors)

  • Zhang, Q., Zhang, D., Dobah, Y., Scarpa, F., Fraternali, F., & Skelton, R. E.

citation count

  • 20

publication date

  • July 2018