Band-Gap Properties of Prestressed Structures

  • M. GeiEmail author
  • D. Bigoni
  • A. B. Movchan
  • M. Bacca
Part of the Springer Series in Materials Science book series (SSMATERIALS, volume 166)


The design of periodic and quasiperiodic structures possessing innovative filtering properties for elastic waves opens the way to the realization of elastic metamaterials. In these structures prestress has a strong influence, ‘shifting’ in frequency, but also ‘annihilating’ or ‘nucleating’ band gaps. The effects of prestress are demonstrated with examples involving flexural waves in periodic and quasiperiodic beams and periodic plates. Results highlight that prestress can be employed as a ‘tuning parameter’ for continuously changing vibrational properties of elastic metamaterials.


Elastic Foundation Elementary Cell Fibonacci Sequence Flexural Wave Dispersion Diagram 
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M.G. and M.B. gratefully acknowledge the support of Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research (PRIN grant No. 2009XWLFKW); D.B. and A.B.M. gratefully acknowledge the support from the European Union FP7 under contract No. PIAP-GA-2011-286110-INTERCER2.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Civil, Environmental and Mechanical EngineeringUniversity of TrentoTrentoItaly
  2. 2.Department of Mathematical SciencesUniversity of LiverpoolLiverpoolUK

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