Design of a 2D Plate Adaptable Metamaterial Unit Cell Using Finite Elements

Aaron J. Stearns, Benjamin S. Beck

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Acoustic metamaterials are composite materials exhibiting effective properties and acoustic behavior not found in traditional materials. Through periodic subwavelength resonant inclusions, acoustic metamaterials enable steering, cloaking, lensing, and frequency band control of acoustic waves. A common drawback of acoustic metamaterials is that the properties are limited to narrow frequency bands. Investigation of practical active and adaptable acoustic metamaterials is valuable in achieving wider operation frequency bands. In this work, we explore different geometric configurations for a cutaway plate metamaterial unit cell with the purpose of vibration suppression. Resonators cut directly in a thin uniform plate function as local resonators. We examine the wavenumber band structure seeking wide and low frequency band gaps in the vicinity of the resonant frequencies of the local resonators. Variations in the geometry of the unit cell are examined to obtain band gaps for broadband vibration suppression. Wave shapes of the unit cell associated with the band gaps are also examined to aid in the parametric design of the unit cell. Additionally, as a means of tuning stiffness of the local resonators we attach piezoelectric actuators to the cutaway resonators with the goal of increasing the bandwidth of the vibration suppression and enabling frequency tunability of the system.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationActive and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems XVI
EditorsJae-Hung Han, Shima Shahab, Jinkyu Yang
ISBN (Electronic)9781510649613
StatePublished - 2022
EventActive and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems XVI 2022 - Virtual, Online
Duration: Apr 4 2022Apr 10 2022

Publication series

NameProceedings of SPIE - The International Society for Optical Engineering
ISSN (Print)0277-786X
ISSN (Electronic)1996-756X


ConferenceActive and Passive Smart Structures and Integrated Systems XVI 2022
CityVirtual, Online

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Applied Mathematics
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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