Disordered auxetic networks with no reentrant polygons

Varda F. Hagh, Michael F. Thorpe

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It is widely assumed that disordered auxetic structures (i.e., structures with a negative Poisson's ratio) must contain reentrant polygons in two dimensions (2D) and reentrant polyhedra in 3D. Here, we show how to design disordered networks in 2D with only convex polygons. The design principles used allow for any Poisson's ratio -1<ν<1/3 to be obtained with a prescriptive algorithm. By starting from a Delaunay triangulation with a mean coordination (z)≃6 and ν≃0.33 and removing those edges that decrease the shear modulus the least, without creating any reentrant polygons, the system evolves monotonically towards the isostatic point with (z)≃4 and ν≃-1.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number100101
JournalPhysical Review B
Issue number10
StatePublished - Sep 24 2018
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Electronic, Optical and Magnetic Materials
  • Condensed Matter Physics


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