Institute of Applied Physics - AG Prof. Wegener

The Rise of (Chiral) 3D Mechanical Metamaterials

  • Author:

    J. Reinbold, T. Frenzel, A. Münchinger, and M. Wegener

  • Source:

    Materials 12, 3527 (2019)

  • Date: 28.10.2019
  • Abstract:

    On the occasion of this special issue, we start by briefly outlining some of the history and future perspectives of the field of 3D metamaterials in general and 3D mechanical metamaterials in particular. Next, in the spirit of a specific example, we present our original numerical as well as experimental results on the phenomenon of acoustical activity, the mechanical counterpart of optical activity. We consider a three-dimensional chiral cubic mechanical metamaterial architecture that is different from the one that we have investigated in recent early experiments. We find even larger linear-polarization rotation angles per metamaterial crystal lattice constant than previously and a slower decrease of the effects towards the bulk limit.