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Mechanical properties of single‐brin silkworm silk
Mechanical tests were performed on single brins of Bombyx mori silkworm silk, to obtain values of elastic modulus (E), yield strength, tensile breaking strength, and shear modulus (G). SpecimenExpand
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Stretching of supercontracted fibers: a link between spinning and the variability of spider silk
SUMMARY The spinning of spider silk requires a combination of aqueous environment and stretching, and the aim of this work was to explore the role of stretching silk fibers in an aqueous environmentExpand
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Self-tightening of spider silk fibers induced by moisture
Abstract Spider dragline silk has a unique combination of desirable mechanical properties—low density, high tensile strength and large elongation until breaking—that makes it attractive from anExpand
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Tensile properties of Argiope trifasciata drag line silk obtained from the spider's web
The tensile properties of Argiope trifasciata (Argiopidae) drag line silk retrieved from mooring threads in the web were characterized. Scanning electron microscope images were used to determine theExpand
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Active control of spider silk strength: comparison of drag line spun on vertical and horizontal surfaces
Abstract There is widespread interest in producing high-performance fibers that mimic the behavior of natural silks, especially spider drag line. Given the multiple roles of drag line in nature, itExpand
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Silkworm silk as an engineering material
While silk exhibits high values of tensile strength and stiffness, these properties are compromised by their poor reproducibility. We present the results of experiments aimed at characterizing theExpand
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Controlled supercontraction tailors the tensile behaviour of spider silk
The interest in the production of fibres that mimic the behaviour of natural silks has been boosted by the first successful attempts of spinning fibres based on spider drag line silk proteins.Expand
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Thermo‐hygro‐mechanical behavior of spider dragline silk: Glassy and rubbery states
Spider silk is considered as the basis of a new family of high performance fibers that would reproduce the excellent mechanical properties of the silk, in particular its extreme toughness. However,Expand
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Fractographic analysis of silkworm and spider silk
An investigation is presented of the fracture surfaces of three different silks produced by two silkworms (Attacus atlas (A. atlas) and Bombyx mori (B. mori)) and one spider (Argiope trifasciata (A.Expand
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Tensile properties of silkworm silk obtained by forced silking
Bave was acquired by the forced silking of three Bombyx mori silkworms, and its tensile properties were characterized. The material collected from any given silkworm yielded reproducibleExpand
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