Morphing origami panels are a new type of deployable structure created by assembling layered rigid-foldable sheet materials. They are similar to typical origami-core sandwich panels, except sub-patterns are introduced into face sheets such that the core and face patterns have compatible kinematic mechanisms. Details of geometric design and construction techniques for morphing origami panels was presented as the IStructE Young Researchers’ Conference 2013.

Animations

Click on the below GIFs to see deployment of morphing origami panel prototypes.

Steel beam under out-of-plane loading:

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Steel beam under longitudinal axial loading:

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Steel beam under lateral axial loading:

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Cardboard panel under lateral axial loading:

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