Metamaterials have paved so far the way towards higher freedom of design of industrial product features as their physical characteristics depend on the geometry rather than the constituent material. At this point, the research has reached an overall assessment of such innovative materials and applications are now arising within the engineering field. However, many engineering applications have to address multiple physical constraints and mechanical responses while being tailored for ergonomic management by the final users. At this moment there is no clear indication of how these systems may interact with i) different manufacturing techniques, ii) different environmental conditions and iii) different indoor and outdoor functions of the building. In this talk, we will first introduce a new method in development to include adaptability of AMMs in various application scenarios and manufacturing processes. In the second part of the presentation, we will highlight our recent work to draw a new experimental method outlying the impact of metamaterials on the user’s perception through both ergonomics and psychoacoustics. Such methods could be used to make metamaterials more affordable from the engineers, designers, industries, and users’ point of view with a significant improvement in the industrial design applicability.
Gioia Fusaro is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Bologna, Industrial Engineering Department, Applied Physics Research Group. She is a Fellow of Higher Education Academy (UK), and a chartered Architect, Building Engineer, and Acoustician (IT). Her main interests in research are building and environmental acoustics, materials and metamaterials, environmental sustainability, soundscape, psychoacoustics, ergonomics, industrial design, and social sciences.
Matteo Cingolani is an electronic engineer from Italy and a PhD candidate at the Department of Industrial Engineering of the University of Bologna. His PhD research aims at investigating wave propagation in acoustic metamaterials and their applications in loudspeaker systems. The PhD project is in partnership with RCF, an Italian manufacturer of loudspeakers and audio devices.