Thursday, January 17, 2013
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Where: Ford Motor Company Engineering Design Center, ITW, 2133 Sheridan Road, Evanston, IL 60208 map it
Audience: Faculty/Staff - Student
Jennie Dorthea Edelstein
Adaptive Structural Materials
SEAS, Harvard University
Soft materials have traditionally been exploited to design and fabricate passive devices - such as tires, shock absorbers and vibration dampers. Here, we show that the use of soft materials in new structural layouts give the opportunity to create a new class of adaptive materials. Although instabilities have traditionally been viewed as an inconvenience, they can be exploited to create materials with novel and switchable functionalities. Possible and exciting applications include materials with negative Poisson’s ratio, encapsulation systems, vibration absorbers with tunable characteristics and systems capable of spontaneously switching between achiral and chiral configurations.