Origami and Topology: Two Powerful Ingredients for Designing Mechanical Metamaterials
Dr. Jinkyu Yang
Associate Professor, Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics
University of Washington
When: February 20, 2019 | 1 PM
Where: CEME 2202 | 6250 Applied Science Lane
Abstract: Mechanical metamaterials are emerging as an enabling technology for manipulating mechanical energy flow at will. The unique mechanical properties of these metamaterials are derived from structural architectures rather than their base materials. A natural question is how we design these architectures in a clever way to realize novel mechanical properties unprecedented in nature. In this presentation, I will talk about two powerful tools for designing mechanical metamaterials: origami and topology. First, I will show how origami design principles can be exploited to construct metamaterials that mitigate structural impact in an efficient way. Specifically, I will demonstrate a counter-intuitive mechanism of converting external compressive impact to tensile waves by using origami-based metamaterials. Second, I will talk about how the mathematical concept of topology can be applied to the design of mechanical waveguides. Inspired by the recent advent of topological insulators, I will show these topological waveguides can generate a defect-immune robust propagation of stress waves. Throughout the talk, I will place the computational and experimental results in the context of potential engineering applications.
Biography: Jinkyu Yang is an Associate Professor in Aeronautics & Astronautics at the University of Washington (UW). Formerly, he was an Assistant Professor in Mechanical Engineering and interim Program Director of Aerospace Program at the University of South Carolina (2011-2013). He held a postdoctoral researcher position at Caltech (2009-2011) and a senior engineer position at Samsung Electronics (2006-2009). He received his Ph.D. degree in Aeronautics and Astronautics from Stanford University (2005) and BS degree in Aerospace Engineering from KAIST (2000). One of the fondest memories in his academic training is his exchange student experience in the Mechanical Engineering Department at UBC (1998). His research has been directed towards developing novel engineered materials and structures, e.g., metamaterials, phononic crystals, and nonconventional composites, for aerospace and mechanical applications under the sponsorship of U.S. National Science Foundation (NSF), Department of Defense, Federal Aviation Agency, and Boeing. He has received the NSF CAREER, University of South Carolina’s Rising Star, and Samsung Think Tank Team Awards.