postdoc: Mechanics of interwoven elastic rod systems at Princeton University

The Form Finding Lab at Princeton University, NJ, USA is searching for a postdoctoral researcher to support our recently awarded SEAS LACE Project X. In this project we propose to investigate 2D interlaced networks of elastic rods, found in textile crafts, and deliberately drive them into the large deformation realm to create novel 3D elastic (and thus reversible) structures with interesting mechanical properties. The research objectives of this proposal are threefold: to 1) use a mathematical approach to identify interlaced patterns for the purpose of shifting between 2D and 3D states, 2) investigate their reversible mechanical response and establish their performance envelope using an experimental and numerical approach, and 3) design, prototype, and demonstrate the feasibility of interlaced elastic networks at the architectural scale using robotic manufacturing.

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