Our research explores the modeling, analysis, and design aspects of morphing structures, especially those inspired by origami and tensegrity.
Current areas of interests include:
- Active-material-enabled origami: Structures with self-folding capabilities obtained via thermal/electromagnetic/chemical to mechanical energy conversion in their active material components (shape memory allows/polymers, hydrogels)
- Deployable structures: Simulation and control of applications with the requirement of deploying from a compact configuration to a large configuration (e.g., a deployable antenna)
- Fold pattern design: Determination of the fold layout in origami sheets to perform a function such as achieving a goal shape
I am currently looking for students with interest in research on morphing structures, especially those structures inspired by origami and tensegrity. Email me (email@example.com) if you are interested in working in this research group.
– Edwin A. Peraza Hernandez, Ph.D.