Available student project - 3D print pedagogical models of periodic minimal surfaces

Research fields

  • Topological and Structural Science
  • Materials Science and Engineering
Schwarz' D surface

Project details

Bicontinuous periodic structures are now recognised as appearing in a large variety of physical and biological systems.  This project will involve background reading about these fascinating structures, then develop skills in 3D computer modelling software such as Houdini and Surface Evolver.  The goal will be to create  three or four models of the highest-symmetry  structures and illustrate their symmetries in the clearest possible fashion.  These will then be printed in colour using the Applied Maths Z-corp printer. 

Project suitability

This research project can be tailored to suit students of the following type(s)
  • PhB (1st year)
  • PhB (2nd or 3rd year)

Contact supervisor

Robins, Vanessa profile

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