Date of Award

Spring 2022

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Mechanical Engineering

First Advisor

Moore, John A.

Second Advisor

Murray, Allison

Third Advisor

Zhou, Le


Energy dissipation is an important material property for materials used inapplications such as armor, airplane wings, and automotive vehicle crumple zones. superelastic Nickel-Titanium (NiTi) and compliant under-dense materials both have excellent energy dissipation properties. Current research suggests that compliant underdense materials made of superelastic NiTi have desirable energy dissipation properties. A rhombic dodecahedron Lattice Structured Material (LSM) is an example of a compliant under-dense Material which has potential to exhibit desirable energy dissipation properties when manufactured from superelastic NiTi. In this work, finite element modeling of a superelastic NiTi rhombic dodecahedron Lattice Structured Material is performed and an optimum for energy dissipation based solely on geometric modification is found.

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