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Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
Aalto Science Fellow

About me

I completed my Ph.D. in 2012 where I had worked under the supervision of Yong Mao and Rob Farr on a thesis entitled Statistical Physics of Structural Design. I then got an 3 year independent fellowship (Aalto Science Fellow) at Aalto University (Finland). In September 2015 obtained a grant from the Academy of Finland to continue my research, hosted by Aalto University within the group of Olli Ikkala. During this time, I have collaborated closely with Stefano Zapperi of University of Milano.

My current research focuses on phenomena related to elastic instability, either utlising it to create beneficial (meta)material properties, or suppressing it through carefully chosen geometry. One particular interest of mine is the role of geometric hierarchy in structures. I am fascinated by many other problems within mechanics and elasticity (including, but not limited to origami, kirigami, buckling under tension, mechanics of lattices, disordered systems, bio-mimetic materials and mechanical meta-materials in general).

I have great interest in trying to find a wider audience for my research topics. I have written popular science articles on hierarchy within nature and engineering, and more recently, on utilising elastic instability to induce novel mechanical properties.

For more detail, see the list of publications below, the short overview or my CV. Or feel free to get in contact.

Research

My research papers by type in approximate reverse chronological order. click on the titles to see abstracts and get the full text. You can also see a list of my coauthors. Jump to: journal papers; conference papers; recent preprints (the newest stuff is here).

Peer reviewed articles

Analytic analysis of auxetic metamaterials through analogy with rigid link systems
Proceedings of Royal Society A
, 2018.
  • Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
  • Chengzhao Zhang (Richard)
  • Louis Theran
  • Marcelo Dias

 See also:
  Associated COMSOL file 1
Designing recipes for mechanical metamaterials
Extreme Mechanics Letters
, 2016.
  • Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
  • Marcelo Dias
Ultralight mechanical metamaterials on a body centred cubic lattice
EPL (Europhysics Letters)
, 2017.
  • Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
  • Yong Mao
  • Robert S. Farr

 See also:
  Editor's suggestions
  EPL Highlights of 2017
  Open access until Dec 2018
Kirigami Actuators
Soft Matter, Accepted
, 2017.
  • Marcelo Dias
  • Micheal McCarron
  • Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
  • Paul Hanakata
  • David Campbell
  • Harold Park
  • Douglas Holmes
Optimisation of hierarchical structures for compression bearing applications
Engineering Optimisation
, 2014.
  • Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
  • Robert S. Farr
  • Yong Mao
Bifurcations in the optimal elastic foundation for a buckling column
Physics Letters A
, 2010.
  • Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
  • Robert S. Farr
  • Kun Ding
  • Yong Mao
Fractal-like dependence in the designs of efficient pressure-bearing structures
EPL (Europhysics Letters)
, 2011.
  • Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
  • Robert S. Farr
  • Yong Mao
Optimization of fractal space frames under gentle compressive load
Physical Review E
, 2013.
  • Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
  • Yong Mao
  • Robert S. Farr
Hierarchical space frames for high mechanical efficiency; Fabrication and mechanical testing
Mechanics Research Communications
, 2010.
  • Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
  • Robert S. Farr
  • Yong Mao
  • Joel Segal

 See also:
  Big Bang Theory, Season 6, Episode 13
Imperfections in a two-dimensional hierarchical structure
Physical Review E
, 2014.
  • Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
  • Yong Mao
  • Robert S. Farr
Ultralight Fractal Structures from Hollow Tubes
Physical Review Letters
, 2012.
  • Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
  • Yong Mao
  • Robert S. Farr

 See also:
  Ultralight fractal structures could bear heavy loads
  Focus Fractal Structures Do More with Less
  ...

Popular science

Geometry, the master of mechanics, Invited editorial
CC&B Newsletter
, 2017.
  • Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
Embracing Failure
Physics World
, 2017.
  • Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
  • Marcelo Dias
Inspiration from Nature: Ultralight Fractal Designs for High Mechanical Efficiency
2physics.com
, 2012.
  • Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
  • Yong Mao
  • Robert S. Farr
Towers of Strength
Physics World
, 2013.
  • Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
  • Yong Mao
  • Robert S. Farr

Selected preprints

Hierarchical geoemtries and adhesion: Bioinsipired designs for stiff interfaces
Preprint
, 2017.
  • Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
  • Yong Mao
  • Cyril Rauch
Many thanks to Louis Theran for the code to create this website.