Rapid validation of water wave metamaterials in a desktop-scale wave measurement system

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Metamaterials have a unique ability to manipulate wave phenomena beyond their natural capabilities, and they have shown great promise in electromagnetic and acoustic wave control. However, their exploration in hydrodynamics remains limited. This article introduces a novel desktop-scale wave measurement system, specifically designed for the rapid prototyping and validation of water wave metamaterials. By utilizing 3D printing, the system accelerates the transition from theoretical designs to practical testing, offering a versatile and user-friendly platform. This is further enhanced by a synchronized stereo-camera setup and advanced data processing algorithms, enabling precise measurement and reconstruction of water wave behavior. Our experimental results demonstrate the system’s effectiveness in capturing intricate interactions between engineered structures and water waves. This significantly advances rapid prototyping for water wave metamaterial research, underscoring the system’s potential to catalyze further innovation in this emerging field.
Original languageEnglish
Article number013501
Number of pages9
JournalInternational Journal of Fluid Engineering
Issue number1
Early online date26 Feb 2024
Publication statusPublished - 31 Mar 2024


  • metamaterials
  • hydrodynamics
  • water wave metamaterials
  • desktop scale
  • 3D printing


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