Periodic Tilings and Auxetic Deployments

Ciprian S. Borcea, Rider University
Ileana Streinu, Smith College

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We investigate geometric characteristics of a specific planar periodic framework with three degrees of freedom. While several avatars of this structural design have been considered in materials science under the name of chiral or missing rib models, all previous studies have addressed only local properties and limited deployment scenarios. We describe the global configuration space of the framework and emphasize the geometric underpinnings of auxetic deformations. Analogous structures may be considered in arbitrary dimension.