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Silkworm cocoons inspire models for random fiber and particulate composites

Abstract

The bioengineering design principles evolved in silkworm cocoons make them ideal natural prototypes and models for structural composites. Cocoons depend for their stiffness and strength on the connectivity of bonding between their constituent materials of silk fibers and sericin binder. Strain-activated mechanisms for loss of bonding connectivity in cocoons can be translated directly into a surprisingly simple yet universal set of physically realistic as well as predictive quantitative structure-property relations for a wide range of technologically important fiber and particulate composite materials.
Authors:
Fujia, Chen; Porter, David; Vollrath, Fritz [1] 
  1. Department of Zoology, University of Oxford, Oxford OX1 3PS (United Kingdom)
Publication Date:
Oct 15, 2010
Product Type:
Journal Article
Resource Relation:
Journal Name: Physical Review. E, Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (Print); Journal Volume: 82; Journal Issue: 4; Other Information: DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevE.82.041911; (c) 2010 The American Physical Society
Subject:
36 MATERIALS SCIENCE; BINDERS; BIOLOGICAL MODELS; BONDING; COMPOSITE MATERIALS; DESIGN; FIBERS; FLEXIBILITY; RANDOMNESS; STRAINS; TEXTILES; FABRICATION; JOINING; MATERIALS; MECHANICAL PROPERTIES; TENSILE PROPERTIES
OSTI ID:
21464548
Country of Origin:
United States
Language:
English
Other Identifying Numbers:
Journal ID: ISSN 1539-3755; TRN: US10C1643058378
Submitting Site:
INIS
Size:
page(s) 041911-041911.6
Announcement Date:
Aug 02, 2011

Citation Formats

Fujia, Chen, Porter, David, and Vollrath, Fritz. Silkworm cocoons inspire models for random fiber and particulate composites. United States: N. p., 2010. Web. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVE.82.041911.
Fujia, Chen, Porter, David, & Vollrath, Fritz. Silkworm cocoons inspire models for random fiber and particulate composites. United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVE.82.041911.
Fujia, Chen, Porter, David, and Vollrath, Fritz. 2010. "Silkworm cocoons inspire models for random fiber and particulate composites." United States. doi:10.1103/PHYSREVE.82.041911. https://www.osti.gov/servlets/purl/10.1103/PHYSREVE.82.041911.
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title = {Silkworm cocoons inspire models for random fiber and particulate composites}
author = {Fujia, Chen, Porter, David, and Vollrath, Fritz}
abstractNote = {The bioengineering design principles evolved in silkworm cocoons make them ideal natural prototypes and models for structural composites. Cocoons depend for their stiffness and strength on the connectivity of bonding between their constituent materials of silk fibers and sericin binder. Strain-activated mechanisms for loss of bonding connectivity in cocoons can be translated directly into a surprisingly simple yet universal set of physically realistic as well as predictive quantitative structure-property relations for a wide range of technologically important fiber and particulate composite materials.}
doi = {10.1103/PHYSREVE.82.041911}
journal = {Physical Review. E, Statistical, Nonlinear, and Soft Matter Physics (Print)}
issue = {4}
volume = {82}
place = {United States}
year = {2010}
month = {Oct}
}