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Comparing the microstructure and mechanical properties of Bombyx mori and Antheraea pernyi cocoon composites

Abstract:
Silkworm cocoon material is a natural composite consisting of silk fibres and sericin glues. Both domestic and wild silkworms produce cocoons but with different functionality – one selected by man for textile manufacture whereas the other selected by Nature to provide damage-tolerant housing. To understand the structure-–property relationship of cocoons, we evaluated and compared the microstructure and mechanical properties of two representative cocoon walls. It appears that a “brittle and weak” composite is produced by domestic
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10.1016/j.actbio.2016.09.042

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University of Oxford
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MPLS
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Zoology
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FA9550-15-1-0264
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Elsevier Publisher's website
Journal:
Acta Biomaterialia Journal website
Volume:
47
Pages:
60-70
Publication date:
2016-09-30
Acceptance date:
2016-09-28
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1742-7061
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653221
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English
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2017-01-30

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