Mechanics of Origami/Kirigami structures and metamaterials

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The ancient arts of paper folding and cutting, known as origami and kirigami, continue to inspire the development of adaptive structures and architecture metamaterials. Utilizing the folding-induced deformations and strong geometric nonlinearities, researchers have achieved extraordinary mechanical properties, including but not limited to auxetic effects, high reconfigurability, programmable stiffness, impact absorption, and bistability / multistability. The study of origami/kirigami structures and metamaterials has gained significant attention in recent years, providing new problems and objects to mechanics and dynamics research while intersecting with other disciplines such as smart/soft materials and robotics. As research continues to advance, exciting new studies will emerge to uncover the underlying mechanisms of origami/kirigami mechanics and dynamics, promoting the application of multifunctional origami/kirigami structures and metamaterials across a range of fields.

Guest editors:

Prof. Hongbin Fang
Prof. Hongbin Fang, PhD
Institute of AI and Robotics, Fudan University, Shanghai, China
(origami mechanics and dynamics, origami-based mechanical metamaterials, bio-inspired robots, locomotion systems, data-driven modeling, nonlinear dynamics and control);

Prof. Yao Chen
Prof. Yao Chen, PhD 
School of Civil Engineering, Southeast University, China
(origami structures and metamaterials, symmetry analysis using group/graph theory, and computational methods for engineering structures.)

Manuscript submission information:

Authors are encouraged to submit manuscripts online to the journal Theoretical and Applied Mechanics Letters through the Editorial Manager System link:

When submitting your manuscript please choose the special issue “VSI: Origami/Kirigami Mechanics” from the choice of submission types. The manuscript will go through the regular peer review process before being accepted. 

The submission is open from now to 30-November-2023;
The deadline for acceptance is 31-January-2024.  

Please visit the journal website for additional notes for the authors:


origami, kirigami, metamaterial, folding kinematics, folding mechanics, folding dynamics, reconfiguration, auxetic effect, bistability and multistability

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