Three-Dimensional Trampolinelike Behavior in an Ultralight Elastic Metamaterial

Nikhil J.R.K. Gerard, Mourad Oudich, Zhenpeng Xu, Desheng Yao, Huachen Cui, Christina J. Naify, Alec Ikei, Charles A. Rohde, Xiaoyu Rayne Zheng, Yun Jing

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Elastic metamaterials possess band gaps, or frequency ranges that are forbidden to wave propagation. Existing solutions for impeding three-dimensional (3D) wave propagation largely rest on high-volume fractions of mass inclusions that induce and tailor negative effective density-based local resonances. This study introduces a class of elastic metamaterials that achieve low-frequency band gaps with a volume fraction as low as 3% (mass density as low as 0.034g/cm3). The working of the proposed design hinges on a 3D trampolinelike mode behavior that gives rise to wide, omnidirectional, and low-frequency band gaps for elastic waves despite very low-mass densities. Such a 3D trampoline effect is derived from a network of overhanging nodal microarchitectures that act as locally resonating elements, which give rise to band gaps at low frequencies. The dynamic effective properties of the metamaterial are numerically examined, which reveal that the band gap associated with the trampoline effect is resulted from a negative effective modulus coupled with a near-zero yet positive effective density. The experimental characterization is then made possible by fabricating the metamaterial via a light-based printing system that is capable of realizing microarchitectures with overhanging microfeatures. This design strategy could be useful to applications where simultaneous light weight and vibration control is desired.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number024015
JournalPhysical Review Applied
Issue number2
StatePublished - Aug 2021

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • General Physics and Astronomy


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