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October 15, 2022

Bioinspired design algorithm used to create irregular materials

This image shows a rendering of a new bioinspired design algorithm used to create irregular materials. Building blocks of different arbitrary shapes (in light blue) can be programmed to follow specific rules to assemble complex architectures within a material’s structure, leading to unique mechanical properties.

[Research supported by U.S. National Science Foundation grant OAC 1835735.]

Learn more in the NSF Research News story Mimicking termites to generate new materials. (Date of image: 2022; date originally posted to NSF Multimedia Gallery: Oct. 15, 2022)

Credit: Ke Liu, Peking University

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