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Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
Aalto Science Fellow

About me

I received my Ph.D. in 2012 from the University of Nottingham after defending my thesis “Statistical Physics of Structural Design”. I started work as an Aalto Science Fellow Aalto University in October 2012. In September 2015 I became an Academy of Finland Postdoctoral researcher working within the group of Olli Ikkala.

My current research is in the field of biomimetic structures, structural optimisation and in particular the role of hierarchy in the creation of efficient structures. I am also fascinated by other problems within mechanics and elasticity; for example the role of geometry in obtaining novel mechanical properties is a fast moving research area in which I’m currently involved.

For more detail, see the list of publications below, the short overview or my CV. To find me, see my contact information.

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

Designing recipes for mechanical metamaterials
Extreme Mechanics Letters
, 2016.
  • Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
  • Marcelo Dias
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

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

In preparation

Hierarchical geoemtries and adhesion: Bioinsipired designs for stiff interfaces
Preprint
, 2015.
  • Daniel Rayneau-Kirkhope
  • Yong Mao
  • Cyril Rauch
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