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Relationships between supercontraction and mechanical properties of spider silk

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Typical spider dragline silk tends to outperform other natural fibres and most man-made filaments. However, even small changes in spinning conditions can have large effects on the mechanical properties of a silk fibre as well as on its water uptake. Absorbed water leads to significant shrinkage in an unrestrained dragline fibre and reversibly converts the material into a rubber. This process is known as supercontraction and may be a functional adaptation for the silk's role in the spider's we...

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10.1038/nmat1534

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Institution:
University of Oxford
Department:
Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Zoology
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Institution:
Fudan University, PR China
Department:
Department of Macromolecular Science and the Key Laboratory of Molecular Engineering of Polymers of Ministry of Education
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University of Oxford
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Mathematical,Physical & Life Sciences Division - Zoology
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Publisher:
Nature Publishing Group Publisher's website
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Nature Materials Journal website
Volume:
4
Issue:
12
Pages:
901-905
Publication date:
2005-12-05
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1476-4660
ISSN:
1476-1122
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uuid:b9be3524-b5de-432d-a8a9-1f8a34ea2407
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ora:4226
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English
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