The Engineering Club: Shape Changing Structures


Speaker: Dr Zhong You, Department of Engineering Science, University of Oxford

Many structures, from wings of insects to umbrellas, require changing of geometry. It is carried out either by large deformation, or by activation of internal mechanisms carefully designed either by man or nature. The latter involves precise geometrical compatibility. This becomes extremely challenging if a limited number of simple pieces are used as building blocks of complex shape-changing structures.

Zhong You’s research has produced conceptual designs for deployable structures consisting of simple rods and hinges. They include rings, masts, arches and helices, all of which are scalable by adding or reducing the number of Meccano-like pieces.

This lecture is free of charge will be followed by a drinks reception.

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The Engineering Club is supported by Adams Kara Taylor, Arup, Atelier Ten, Conisbee, Elliott Wood, Engineers HRW, Expedition, Jane Wernick Associates, Max Fordham LLP, Michael Barclay Partnership, Michael Hadi Associates, Price & Myers, Ramboll Whitbybird and Techniker.

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