An international team of researchers has developed a new structural engineering methodology that derives its chief inspiration from the traditional Japanese art of paper folding.

The “zippered tube” structure developed by researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, the Georgia Institute of Technology and the University of Tokyo possesses sufficient strength to bear significant loads even when made using sheets of paper material. According to University of Illinois graduate researcher Evgueni Filipov, the zippered…