Origami has become a source of inspiration in a number of engineered systems. In most systems, non-paper materials where material thickness is non-negligible is required. In origami-inspired engineered systems where thickness is non-negligible, thickness-accommodation techniques must be utilized to overcome the issue of self-intersection. Many thickness-accommodation techniques have been developed for use in thick-origami-inspired-engineered systems. In this work several thickness-accommodation techniques are reviewed and discussed. New thickness-accommodation techniques including hybrid thickness-accommodation techniques and the split vertex technique are presented and discussed. These techniques enable new capabilities of thickness-accommodation in origami adapted design. Thickness-accommodation techniques have been developed in the context of developable origami patterns and the application of these techniques to non-developable patterns is introduced here. The capability of non-developable thick origami is demonstrated in an application example of a deployable locomotive nose-fairing.
College and Department
Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering and Technology; Mechanical Engineering
BYU ScholarsArchive Citation
Tolman, Kyler Austin, "Developing Hybrid Thickness-Accommodation Techniques for New Origami-Inspired Engineered Systems" (2017). All Theses and Dissertations. 6360.
Origami, Deployable Mechanisms, Compliant Mechanisms