Publication

Nonlinear elastic vector solitons in hard-magnetic soft mechanical metamaterials

Zhang, Quan
Cherkasov, Andrei V.
Xie, Chen
Arora, Nitesh
Rudykh, Stephan
Citation
Zhang, Quan, Cherkasov, Andrei V., Xie, Chen, Arora, Nitesh, & Rudykh, Stephan. (2023). Nonlinear elastic vector solitons in hard-magnetic soft mechanical metamaterials. International Journal of Solids and Structures, 280, 112396. doi:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2023.112396
Abstract
We propose a design of a metamaterial for magnetically tunable propagation of nonlinear vector solitary waves. The metamaterial consists of a periodic array of units of hard-magnetic inclusion embedded in a soft matrix. The units are connected via thin and highly deformable ligaments. Our theoretical and numerical modeling results show that the configuration of the metamaterial undergoes drastic transformations when activated by a magnetic field. These controllable microstructural transformations significantly influence the propagation of vector solitary waves in the proposed metamaterial system. We report the magnetic field-enabled propagation of solitary waves. We show that the proposed soft magnetoactive metamaterial allows us to tune the key characteristics of the enabled nonlinear solitary waves, including their pulse width and amplitude. Our findings also highlight the potential of magneto-mechanical coupling in the development of untethered mechanical metamaterial systems for applications in nondestructive testing, energy harvesting, and smart soft wave devices.
Publisher
Elsevier
Publisher DOI
10.1016/j.ijsolstr.2023.112396
Rights
CC BY-NC-ND 3.0 IE