Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, has recently garnered attention from the scientific community for its capacity for unique 2D – 3D shape change and programmable mechanical properties. Application areas of such properties include packaging, self-assembly, shock absorption and deployable structures. Recent studies have highlighted the role of the folded geometry to regulate the mechanical response of the origami structures, such as the increased compression stiffness of origami tubes or the tunable in-plane stiffness through select inversion of bi-stable fold vertices. In addition to geometric re-enforcement, the mechanical response of an origami structure can also be programmed through spatial patterning of the individual fold line stiffnesses. However, the coupling between the geometric and material stiffening design spaces for origami structures is poorly understood and design rules are needed to guide the use of material stiffening to enhance or mitigate a geometric stiffening effect. In this computational study, a modal analysis of a corrugated fold with varying degrees of pre-fold and different sets of fold stiffness distributions is evaluated to highlight the interaction between geometric and material stiffness mechanisms.

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