Curved-line folding analysis through FE simulation

As part of my latest research paper about “Adaptive facade shading systems inspired by natural elastic kinematics,” I was investigating the trapping mechanism of the waterwheel plant Aldrovanda vesiculosa. Its reversible elastic kinematics is based on a curved-line folding pattern that demonstrates a very interesting mechanical system, in which the differentiation of material properties creates a living hinge. As part of the paper, I analysed basic curved-line folding patterns by using FEM. The set-up of these experiments allowed for testing folding patterns with a sharp folding edge as well as with a smooth curved-line bending zone. For more information, please feel free to contact me (

FEM simulations by Julian Lienhard and Simon Schleicher

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  1. 1 Paper presentation @ Adaptive Architecture Conference « Simon Schleicher’s Blog Trackback on February 16, 2011 at 10:55 am
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