Purdue University School of Mechanical Engineering

Materials, Structures, Functionality

Our research in the Programmable Structures Lab focuses on the fundamental interaction between geometry, hierarchy and nonlinearity to design structural systems with intrinsic properties enabling adaptation, autonomy and environmental responsiveness.

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Recent Lab News

PS Lab Welcomes Wabash

Herrick Laboratories welcome Wabash CEO Brent Yeagy and leadership for discussing collaborative research on a tractor-trailer that can harvest electricity from its own vibrations. During the visit, members of the PS Lab demonstrated their work on energy harvesting from bistable lattice, bistable laminates and origami-inspired foldable wings.


Presentations at the APS March Meeting

Members of the Programmable Structures Lab delivered several presentations on topics such as mechanologic, origami-inspired wing design, and bistable metamaterials at the APS March Meeting 2024. Prof. Arrieta delivered an oral presentation titled “Viscoelastic mechano-bits for increased storage”. Clark Addis gave an oral presentation on “Origami-inspired camber design in rigidized membrane-like wings.” Sneha Srikanth presented on “Dynamics of bistable metamaterials under impulsive excitation.”


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National Institute of Health
National Science Foundation
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers
Army Research Laboratory
Anheuser Busch InBev
Ford Motor Company
Wabash National