What is it about?
The paper is about a new discovery from wings of a flying beetle that can shed light on wing shape changes in flight: an unusual bell-shaped structure, which is compliant in one direction and almost 10 times stiffer in the opposite direction. The structure is an effective one-way hinge that works using a single material with no extra mass. Using biomimetic approaches, we used the hinge in a modular design, an adaptive airless tire, and a metamaterial to show its potential applications.
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Why is it important?
This multidisciplinary study not only advances our understanding of the biomechanics of complicated insect wings but also informs the design of easily tunable engineering hinges.
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This page is a summary of: An insect-inspired asymmetric hinge in a double-layer membrane, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, November 2022, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2211861119.
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