Seminar: Origami Structures

Mason Building, Room 2117
Friday, March 17, 2017 - 11:00


Professor Yan Chen, Ph.D.
School of Mechanical Engineering
Tianjin University, China

In this seminar, a brief introduction on the research of 3D mechanisms, deployable structures, rigid origami kinematics will be given first. The focus will be on the design and analysis origami structures for engineering applications, including the origami tubes for energy absorption and tunable stiffness; the graded origami patterns and the corresponding mechanical behaviours; the the origami-inspired metamaterials with the same patterns yet different mountain-valley assignments.


Dr. Yan Chen is a professor in School of Mechanical Engineering at Tianjin University, China. She received her PhD in structural engineering at University of Oxford, UK in 2004. With a short PostDoc research experience in Oxford, she became an assistant professor in School of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. In 2012, she was selected as one of National 'One-thousand Young Talents' by the Chinese government authority, she moved to Tianjin University as a professor. She is also the Fellow of Institution of Mechanical Engineers UK and the Vice-Chair of Chinese Committee, International Federation for the Promotion of Mechanism and Machine Science (IFToMM).

Her research specialty is on the emerging and advanced structures, which have internal mobility for shape transformation, with kinematics and mechanics as the theoretical foundations, aerospace deployable structures and robotics as application platforms, light-weight eco-material and medical microstructures as extension. Recently, she has applied the advanced kinematic theory to analysis and synthesis of rigid origami patterns. In 2015, her team has solved the problem on origami of thick panels, one of the major challenges in origami engineering, which was published on Science.