Rigidly foldable origami tessellations exhibit interesting kinematic properties. Several tessellation types (most prominently Miura-ori) have shown potential for technical usage in aerospace and general lightweight construction. In addition to static (e.g., as core structures for sandwich components) and single-layer kinematic (e.g., deployable) applications, new possibilities arise from the combination of several layers of tessellations with congruent kinematics. This paper presents an analytical description of the kinematics of multilayered, or stacked, globally plane tessellations which retain rigid/isometric foldability by congruent, compatible movement.
Kinematic Analysis of Congruent Multilayer Tessellations
Manuscript received June 2, 2015; final manuscript received November 30, 2015; published online March 7, 2016. Assoc. Editor: Larry L. Howell.
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Klett, Y., and Middendorf, P. (March 7, 2016). "Kinematic Analysis of Congruent Multilayer Tessellations." ASME. J. Mechanisms Robotics. June 2016; 8(3): 034501. https://doi.org/10.1115/1.4032203
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