Tiled Plates with One Degree of Freedom

Filipe A. dos Santos, Antonino Favata, Andrea Micheletti, Roberto Paroni, Marco Picchi Scardaoni

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We investigate a design concept for thin tiled plates having exactly one degree of freedom. A tiled plate is realized as a tessellation composed by rigid tiles hinged to each other along the sides. The plate can deform in just one way, that is, into a predetermined surface. The family of tilings we consider, the monohedral hexagonal one, with either convex or concave tiles, is rich enough to include many noteworthy tessellations. Corresponding plates can approximate surfaces with positive, negative, and null Gaussian curvature, and may exhibit an auxetic behavior. The proposed architecture is highly scalable and easily manufacturable, and it can find applications not only for civil and aerospace engineering purposes, but also for biomechanical scaffolds, energy harvesters, and wearable devices.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationShell and Spatial Structures
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of IWSS 2023
EditorsStefano Gabriele, Amedeo Manuello Bertetto, Francesco Marmo, Andrea Micheletti
Place of PublicationCham
Number of pages6
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-031-44328-2
ISBN (Print)978-3-031-44327-5
Publication statusPublished - 2024
Event2nd Italian Workshop on Shell and Spatial Structures, IWSS 2023 - Turin, Italy
Duration: 26 Jun 202328 Jun 2023

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Civil Engineering
ISSN (Print)2366-2557
ISSN (Electronic)2366-2565


Conference2nd Italian Workshop on Shell and Spatial Structures, IWSS 2023


  • Auxetic
  • Plates
  • Tessellations


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