Phononic properties of hexagonal chiral lattices

Alessandro Spadoni, Massimo Ruzzene, Stefano Gonella, Fabrizio Scarpa

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review

198 Scopus citations


The manuscript reports the outcome of investigations on the phononic properties of a chiral cellular structure. The considered geometry features in-plane hexagonal symmetry, whereby circular nodes are connected through six ligaments tangent to the nodes themselves. In-plane wave propagation is analyzed through the application of Bloch theorem, which is employed to predict two-dimensional dispersion relations as well as illustrate dispersion properties unique to the considered chiral configuration. Attention is devoted to determining the influence of unit cell geometry on dispersion, band gap occurrence and wave directionality. Results suggest cellular lattices as potential building blocks for the design of meta-materials of interest for acoustic wave-guiding applications.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)435-450
Number of pages16
JournalWave Motion
Issue number7
StatePublished - Nov 2009


  • Band gaps
  • Caustics
  • Chiral lattices
  • Phononic materials
  • Wave propagation
  • Wave-guiding


Dive into the research topics of 'Phononic properties of hexagonal chiral lattices'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this