FURI | Spring 2022

Energy Absorption of Standard and Origami-Inspired Honeycomb Structures

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The goal of this experiment was to examine the energy absorption properties of origami-inspired and standard honeycomb structures varying the materials and wall thickness. The results indicate that origami-inspired structures perform best at energy absorption at a higher wall thickness with a rigid material. The results also indicated that standard honeycomb structures perform better with lower wall thickness, but still with a rigid material. In vehicles with structures of a sufficiently high wall thickness with a rigid material, origami-inspired honeycomb structures could be used instead of current structures in order to better protect the passengers.

Student researcher

Robert Buessing

Robert Thomas Buessing

Aerospace engineering

Hometown: Chandler, Arizona, United States

Graduation date: Spring 2022

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