Modulating Elastic Band Gap Structure in Layered Soft Composites Using Sacrificial Interfaces

Qianli Chen, Ahmed Elbanna

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A wide range of engineered and natural composites exhibit a layered architecture whereby individual building blocks are assembled layer by layer using cohesive interfaces. We present a novel mechanism for evolving acoustic band gap structure in a model system of these composites through patterning the microstructure in a way that triggers nonplanar interfacial deformations between the layers as they are stretched. Through the controlled deformation and growth of interlayer channels under macroscopic tension, we observe the emergence of multiple wide band gaps due to Bragg diffraction and local resonance. We describe these phenomena in details for three example microstructures and discuss the implications of our approach for harnessing controlled deformation in modulating band gap properties of composite materials.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number111009
JournalJournal of Applied Mechanics, Transactions ASME
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Mechanical Engineering


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