The Kresling origami spring: a review and assessment

Ravindra Masana, Ahmed S. Dalaq, Shadi Khazaaleh, Mohammed F. Daqaq

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Structures inspired by the Kresling origami pattern have recently emerged as a foundation for building functional engineering systems with versatile characteristics that target niche applications spanning different technological fields. Their light weight, deployability, modularity, and customizability are a few of the key characteristics that continue to drive their implementation in robotics, aerospace structures, metamaterial and sensor design, switching, actuation, energy harvesting and absorption, and wireless communications, among many other examples. This work aims to perform a systematic review of the literature to assess the potential of the Kresling origami springs as a structural component for engineering design keeping three objectives in mind: (i) facilitating future research by summarizing and categorizing the current literature, (ii) identifying the current shortcomings and voids, and (iii) proposing directions for future research to fill those voids.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number043002
JournalSmart Materials and Structures
Issue number4
StatePublished - Apr 2024


  • Kresling
  • energy absorption
  • force sensing
  • metamaterials
  • origami
  • soft robotics
  • switching

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Signal Processing
  • Civil and Structural Engineering
  • Atomic and Molecular Physics, and Optics
  • General Materials Science
  • Condensed Matter Physics
  • Mechanics of Materials
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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