Understanding the mechanics of complex topology of the 3D printed Anthill architecture

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dc.contributor.author Kushwaha, Brijesh
dc.contributor.author Kumar, Avinash
dc.contributor.author Ambekar, Rushikesh S.
dc.contributor.author Arya, Vinay
dc.contributor.author Negedu, Solomon Demiss
dc.contributor.author Bakshi, Deep
dc.contributor.author Olu, Emmanuel Femi
dc.contributor.author Ayyagari, Ravi Sastri
dc.contributor.author Pal, Varinder
dc.contributor.author Sadasivuni, Kishor Kumar
dc.contributor.author Pugno, Nicola M.
dc.contributor.author Bakli
dc.contributor.author Chirodeep
dc.contributor.author Tiwary, Chandra Sekhar
dc.coverage.spatial United Kingdom
dc.date.accessioned 2022-05-19T13:01:26Z
dc.date.available 2022-05-19T13:01:26Z
dc.date.issued 2022-05
dc.identifier.citation Kushwaha, Brijesh; Kumar, Avinash; Ambekar, Rushikesh S.; Arya, Vinay; Negedu, Solomon Demiss; Bakshi, Deep; Olu, Emmanuel Femi; Ayyagari, Ravi Sastri; Pal, Varinder; Sadasivuni, Kishor Kumar; Pugno, Nicola M.; Bakli; Chirodeep and Tiwary, Chandra Sekhar, "Understanding the mechanics of complex topology of the 3D printed Anthill architecture", Oxford Open Materials Science, DOI: 10.1093/oxfmat/itac003, May 2022. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 2633-6979
dc.identifier.uri https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfmat/itac003
dc.identifier.uri https://repository.iitgn.ac.in/handle/123456789/7743
dc.description.abstract Objectives:The present work aimed to investigate the deformation behavior of complex ant mound architectures under compression. Methods: We have used the cement casting method to extract four different ant nest morphologies. These casted cement structures were digitalized using a 3D micro-computer tomography (CT) scan. The digitized structures were simulated under different loading conditions using Finite Element Methods (FEM). In order to supplement the numerical understanding, the digital architectures were 3D printed and experimentally tested under uniaxial loading conditions. Results: Ants produce a variety of complex architectures for adapting to the surrounding environment and ants' needs. Ant mound consists of at least one pillar with a broad base tapered towards its tip. Anthill architectures have unique topological features. Mechanical strength of ant mould can be 600 times enhanced by tuning topology. Thickness and angle of pillars have huge effect on load-bearing property. Conclusion: The branched structures can endure larger stress and deform in the process under a volumetric pressure application, making them sacrificial units for extreme disasters like floods and earthquakes. The 3D printing experiments and Finite Element Methods simulations are needed to tackle the complex ant mound architectures and appear in good agreement, suggesting a robust design and thus the possibility of constructing anthill-inspired civil buildings with a tree-trunk-like geometry.
dc.description.statementofresponsibility by Brijesh Kushwaha, Avinash Kumar, Rushikesh S. Ambekar, Vinay Arya, Solomon Demiss Negedu, Deep Bakshi, Emmanuel Femi Olu, Ravi Sastri Ayyagari, Varinder Pal, Kishor Kumar Sadasivuni, Nicola M. Pugno, Bakli, Chirodeep and Chandra Sekhar Tiwary
dc.language.iso en_US en_US
dc.publisher Oxford University Press en_US
dc.subject 3D printing en_US
dc.subject Bio-inspired architecture en_US
dc.subject Ant mound en_US
dc.subject Mechanical properties en_US
dc.subject Young's modulus en_US
dc.subject Polylactic acid en_US
dc.title Understanding the mechanics of complex topology of the 3D printed Anthill architecture en_US
dc.type Article en_US
dc.relation.journal Oxford Open Materials Science

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