Martin Walker, University of Oxford
Mark Schenk, University of Bristol
Evgueni Filipov, University of Michigan

The mechanics of thin sheets is fundamental to many physical phenomena across all length scales. Folding, in particular, has been the subject of great research and practical interest recently with origami (folding) and kirigami (cutting and folding) at the forefront. Characteristics such as self-assembly, compliance, anisotropy, as well as packing and deployment have all been achieved by simply cutting and folding of thin sheets. This minisymposium aims to bring together researchers working on the mechanics of origami and kirigami structures as well as those who are studying the mechanics of folding, creasing and wrinkling of thin sheets more generally.

Topics of Interest Include:

  • Mechanical systems that employ concepts of origami and kirigami (including actuation, self-assembly, analysis, physical testing, etc)
  • Deployable, adaptive and reconfigurable structures and mechanisms (including aerospace systems, adaptive facades, collapsible shelters, etc)
  • Origami-inspired metamaterials
  • Innovative fabrication methods for origami and kirigami (including 3D/4D printing, nano-scale assembly, etc)
  • Mechanics of folding, creasing, and wrinkling of thin sheets