Auxetics as an emerging smart technology

The Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining, London
Tuesday 10th December 2013

The Smart Materials Sector of the Materials Knowledge Transfer Network and the Smart Materials and Systems Committee of The Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining offered two evening meetings that looked at smart materials technologies that are seen as emerging technologies in the global marketplace and where the UK has strength in their development.

The two meetings took place at The Institute of Materials Minerals and Mining on Carlton House Terrace in London on the evenings of 10th and 11th December when there were two presentations to introduce the meetings, one looking at an overview of the UK activity within a global context and the second a case study of an application.

On Tuesday 10th December we looked at auxetics as an emerging technology. These counterintuitive materials are finding potential application in aerospace, defence and healthcare in order to offer structures that deliver improved properties

  • A technology overview was given by Dr Andrew Alderson of Sheffield Hallam University
  • A case study was presented by Professor Fabrizio Scarpa of Bristol University

A report will be issued in due course that summarises the presentations and includes additional comments made at the event.