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Special Issue "Auxetic Materials 2017"

A special issue of Materials (ISSN 1996-1944).

Deadline for manuscript submissions: 31 December 2017

Special Issue Editors

Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Teik-Cheng Lim

School of Science and Technology, SIM University, Clementi Road, Singapore
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Interests: auxetics; auxetic materials; plates and shells
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Witold Wojciechowski

Department of Computational Physics of Complex Systems,Institute of Molecular Physics, Polish Academy of Sciences,Poznan, Poland
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Interests: Aperiodic structures, auxetics, computer simulation methods (Monte Carlo, Molecular Dymanics, Finite Element Methods); elasticity (computer simulations and theory); fractional calculus; granulates; magneto-mechanic metamaterials; materials with unstable inclusions; random number generators; soft matter; statistical mechanics of hard body systems
Guest Editor
Prof. Dr. Andy Alderson

Materials and Engineering Research Institute, Faculty of ACES, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield S1 1WB, UK
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Interests: auxetic materials; negative Poisson's ratio materials; smart materials; mechanical properties; polymers; composites; cellular solids

Special Issue Information

Dear Colleagues,

This Special Issue on “Auxetic Materials” is dedicated to recent advances in research and development of auxetic materials, as well as other “negative” materials, including, but not limited to, negative stiffness phases, negative compressibility materials, negative thermal expansion materials, and any other materials that possess interesting counter-intuitive properties. We invite you to submit research articles or reviews on the latest research work in these areas, with emphasis on applications in all areas of science and engineering.

Prof. Dr. Teik-Cheng Lim
Prof. Dr. Krzysztof Witold Wojciechowski
Prof. Dr. Andrew Alderson
Guest Editors

 

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Keywords

  • auxetic materials

  • negative Poisson’s ratio

  • negative compressibility

  • negative stiffness phase

  • negative thermal expansion

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Open AccessArticle Computational Modelling of Structures with Non-Intuitive Behaviour
Materials 2017, 10(12), 1386; doi:10.3390/ma10121386
Received: 30 October 2017 / Revised: 22 November 2017 / Accepted: 1 December 2017 / Published: 4 December 2017
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This paper presents a finite-element analysis of honeycomb and re-entrant honeycomb structures made of a two-phase composite material which is optimized with respect to selected parameters. It is shown that some distributions of each phase in the composite material result in the counter-intuitive
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This paper presents a finite-element analysis of honeycomb and re-entrant honeycomb structures made of a two-phase composite material which is optimized with respect to selected parameters. It is shown that some distributions of each phase in the composite material result in the counter-intuitive mechanical behaviour of the structures. In particular, negative values of effective Poisson’s ratio, i.e., effective auxeticity, can be obtained for a hexagonal honeycomb, whereas re-entrant geometry can be characterized by positive values. Topology optimization by means of the method of moving asymptotes (MMA) and solid isotropic material with penalization (SIMP) was used to determine the materials’ distributions. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Finite Element Analysis of Tunable Composite Tubes Reinforced with Auxetic Structures
Materials 2017, 10(12), 1359; doi:10.3390/ma10121359
Received: 1 November 2017 / Revised: 14 November 2017 / Accepted: 22 November 2017 / Published: 27 November 2017
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A tubular composite structure that is built of two materials, characterized by different Young moduli, is analysed in this paper. The Young’s modulus of one of these materials can be controlled by external conditions e.g., magnetic or electric field, temperature etc. The geometry
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A tubular composite structure that is built of two materials, characterized by different Young moduli, is analysed in this paper. The Young’s modulus of one of these materials can be controlled by external conditions e.g., magnetic or electric field, temperature etc. The geometry of the reinforcement is based on typical auxetic re-entrant honeycomb cellular structure. The influence of this external factor on the behaviour of the stretched tube is analysed in this paper. Also, the possibility of creating a tubular composite structure whose cross-section is either shrinking or expanding, while stretching the tube is presented. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Auxeticity of Yukawa Systems with Nanolayers in the (111) Crystallographic Plane
Materials 2017, 10(11), 1338; doi:10.3390/ma10111338
Received: 31 October 2017 / Revised: 16 November 2017 / Accepted: 17 November 2017 / Published: 22 November 2017
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Elastic properties of model crystalline systems, in which the particles interact via the hard potential (infinite when any particles overlap and zero otherwise) and the hard-core repulsive Yukawa interaction, were determined by Monte Carlo simulations. The influence of structural modifications, in the form
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Elastic properties of model crystalline systems, in which the particles interact via the hard potential (infinite when any particles overlap and zero otherwise) and the hard-core repulsive Yukawa interaction, were determined by Monte Carlo simulations. The influence of structural modifications, in the form of periodic nanolayers being perpendicular to the crystallographic axis [111], on auxetic properties of the crystal was investigated. It has been shown that the hard sphere nanolayers introduced into Yukawa crystals allow one to control the elastic properties of the system. It has been also found that the introduction of the Yukawa monolayers to the hard sphere crystal induces auxeticity in the [ 11 1 ¯ ] [ 112 ] -direction, while maintaining the negative Poisson’s ratio in the [ 110 ] [ 1 1 ¯ 0 ] -direction, thus expanding the partial auxeticity of the system to an additional important crystallographic direction. Full article
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Open AccessArticle The Isotropic and Cubic Material Designs. Recovery of the Underlying Microstructures Appearing in the Least Compliant Continuum Bodies
Materials 2017, 10(10), 1137; doi:10.3390/ma10101137
Received: 29 August 2017 / Revised: 20 September 2017 / Accepted: 21 September 2017 / Published: 26 September 2017
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The paper discusses the problem of manufacturability of the minimum compliance designs of the structural elements made of two kinds of inhomogeneous materials: the isotropic and cubic. In both the cases the unit cost of the design is assumed as equal to the
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The paper discusses the problem of manufacturability of the minimum compliance designs of the structural elements made of two kinds of inhomogeneous materials: the isotropic and cubic. In both the cases the unit cost of the design is assumed as equal to the trace of the Hooke tensor. The Isotropic Material Design (IMD) delivers the optimal distribution of the bulk and shear moduli within the design domain. The Cubic Material Design (CMD) leads to the optimal material orientation and optimal distribution of the invariant moduli in the body made of the material of cubic symmetry. The present paper proves that the varying underlying microstructures (i.e., the representative volume elements (RVE) constructed of one or two isotropic materials) corresponding to the optimal designs constructed by IMD and CMD methods can be recovered by matching the values of the optimal moduli with the values of the effective moduli of the RVE computed by the theory of homogenization. The CMD method leads to a larger set of results, i.e., the set of pairs of optimal moduli. Moreover, special attention is focused on proper recovery of the microstructures in the auxetic sub-domains of the optimal designs. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Design and Additive Manufacturing of 3D Phononic Band Gap Structures Based on Gradient Based Optimization
Materials 2017, 10(10), 1125; doi:10.3390/ma10101125
Received: 7 August 2017 / Revised: 14 September 2017 / Accepted: 15 September 2017 / Published: 22 September 2017
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We present a novel approach for gradient based maximization of phononic band gaps. The approach is a geometry projection method combining parametric shape optimization with density based topology optimization. By this approach, we obtain, in a two dimension setting, cellular structures exhibiting relative
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We present a novel approach for gradient based maximization of phononic band gaps. The approach is a geometry projection method combining parametric shape optimization with density based topology optimization. By this approach, we obtain, in a two dimension setting, cellular structures exhibiting relative and normalized band gaps of more than 8 and 1.6, respectively. The controlling parameter is the minimal strut size, which also corresponds with the obtained stiffness of the structure. The resulting design principle is manually interpreted into a three dimensional structure from which cellular metal samples are fabricated by selective electron beam melting. Frequency response diagrams experimentally verify the numerically determined phononic band gaps of the structures. The resulting structures have band gaps down to the audible frequency range, qualifying the structures for an application in noise isolation. Full article
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Open AccessArticle Finite Element Modeling of Multilayer Orthogonal Auxetic Composites under Low-Velocity Impact
Materials 2017, 10(8), 908; doi:10.3390/ma10080908
Received: 27 June 2017 / Revised: 14 July 2017 / Accepted: 2 August 2017 / Published: 5 August 2017
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The multilayer orthogonal auxetic composites have been previously developed and tested to prove that they own excellent energy absorption and impact protection characteristics in a specific strain range under low-velocity impact. In this study, a three dimensional finite element (FE) model in ANSYS
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The multilayer orthogonal auxetic composites have been previously developed and tested to prove that they own excellent energy absorption and impact protection characteristics in a specific strain range under low-velocity impact. In this study, a three dimensional finite element (FE) model in ANSYS LS-DYNA was established to simulate the mechanical behavior of auxetic composites under low-velocity drop-weight impact. The simulation results including the Poisson’s ratio versus compressive strain curves and the contact stress versus compressive strain curves were compared with those in the experiments. The clear deformation pictures of the FE models have provided a simple and effective way for investigating the damage mechanism and optimizing the material, as well as structure design. Full article
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