On the elastodynamic properties of octet truss-based architected metamaterials

Mourad Oudich, Edward Huang, Hyeonu Heo, Zhenpeng Xu, Huachen Cui, Nikhil JRK Gerard, Xiaoyu (Rayne) Zheng, Yun Jing

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Architected metamaterials have emerged as a central topic in materials science and mechanics, thanks to the rapid development of additive manufacturing techniques, which have enabled artificial materials with outstanding mechanical properties. This Letter seeks to investigate the elastodynamic behavior of octet truss lattices as an important type of architected metamaterials for high effective strength and vibration shielding. We design, fabricate, and experimentally characterize three types of octet truss structures, including two homogenous structures with either thin or thick struts and one hybrid structure with alternating strut thickness. High elastic wave transmission rate is observed for the lattice with thick struts, while strong vibration mitigation is captured from the homogenous octet truss structure with thin struts as well as the hybrid octet truss lattice, though the underlying mechanisms for attenuation are fundamentally different (viscoelasticity induced dampening vs bandgaps). Compressional tests are also conducted to evaluate the effective stiffness of the three lattices. This study could open an avenue toward multifunctional architected metamaterials for vibration shielding with high mechanical strength.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number171701
JournalApplied Physics Letters
Issue number17
StatePublished - Apr 24 2023

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  • Physics and Astronomy (miscellaneous)

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