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Additive Manufacturing for the Validation of Biomimetic Design Principles: The Structural Mechanics of Insect Nests

This research is attempting to prove that a comparative study of different insect nests can yield design principles leading to breakthrough reductions in the weight of engineering honeycombs as well as advances toward key mechanical properties. Researchers will be collecting natural specimens and using optical inspection equipment to measure geometric characteristics. Once geometric characteristics have

Parametric Design Optimization of Multi-Functional Honeycomb Structures for Additive Manufacturing

The objective of this research is to develop a methodology to extract optimal design parameters (cell wall thickness and the corner radius) in hexagonal honey-comb structures using finite element modeling, response surface methodology and optimization techniques to achieve multi-functional objectives. In this work, the researcher will look at combining the objectives of mechanical stiffness with