This thesis focuses on the development, parameterization and optimization of a novel meso-scale pattern used to induce auxetic behavior, i.e., negative Poisson’s ratio, at the bulk scale. Currently, the majority of auxetic structures are too porous to be utilized in conventional load-bearing applications. For others, manufacturing methods have yet to realize the meso-scale pattern. Consequently, new auxetic structures must be developed in order to confer superior thermo-mechanical responses to structures at high temperature. Additionally, patterns that take into account manufacturing limitations, while maintaining the properties characteristically attached to negative Poisson’s Ratio materials, are ideal in order to utilize the potential of auxetic structures. A novel auxetic pattern is developed, numerically analyzed, and optimized via design of experiments. The parameters of the meso-structure are varied, and the bulk response is studied using finite element analysis (FEA). Various attributes of the elasto-plastic responses of the bulk structure are used as objectives to guide the optimization process
Gordon, Ali P.
Bachelor of Science (B.S.)
College of Engineering and Computer Science
Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering
Orlando (Main) Campus
Length of Campus-only Access
Schuler, Matthew C., "A Parametric Study of Meso-Scale Patterns for Auxetic Mechanical Behavior Optimization" (2016). Honors in the Major Theses. 1.